The Lions don’t have a lot of hype behind them for 2018.
- NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison has updated power rankings for which he describes as a mixture of how the teams finished in 2017 and their outlook for 2018. The Detroit Lions came in at just 18th, well behind both the Vikings (7th) and the Packers (10th), but still comfortably ahead of the Bears (24th).
- Ezekiel Ansah welcomed new head coach Matt Patricia to Detroit on Twitter:
Welcome to the D! https://t.co/XJBtPHTdJj— Ezekiel Ansah (@Ziggy_Ansah) February 6, 2018
- Former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky believes the Lions are “closer than you think” to being a Super Bowl contender. He laid out a plan on what he’d do to get them in contention ASAP. (The Athletic subscription required)
- Sadly, it appears former Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley will never play again. He was released by the Saints on Monday because of his heart condition.
Saints cut Nick Fairley with non-football illness designation https://t.co/17rl8J1rs1— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 5, 2018
- If you want a break from all of the Matt Patricia love here, check out the comment section of this Pats Pulpit article, in which Patriots fans seem to be happy with Patricia leaving.
- It looks like Paul Pasqualoni will have a significant role in the Lions’ coaching staff:
Don’t be surprised if Paul Pasqualoni has a prominent role on the Lions staff, perhaps as defensive coordinator or assistant head coach.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 6, 2018
- Remember Marvin Jones Jr.’s amazing tattoo he got done last week?
I came to my brotha @fredfrost with a vision and he truly went over and beyond with this African x Native American tribal piece. Big shout out to him and all of the @frostcitytatau family for your warm welcomes. See y’all again soon! P.S. - Many of us, especially in the U.S. are socialized into not digging deep and discovering our family’s history. I encourage everyone to step out of that particular norm and truly find your roots and embrace them!
Jones spoke with DetroitLions.com to explain why he got the tattoo and what it means to him.
- Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence won the Good Guy Award for his relationship with the Detroit media in 2017:
Congrats to DT @AkeemSpence on winning the media Good Guy Award for the Lions this season. He always made himself available and had thoughtful answers on whatever topic he was asked about. cc @PFWAwriters— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 6, 2018