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2019 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC North
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5dDan Murphy

Stafford balances football, wife's recovery

Matthew Stafford said learning a new offense has kept him focused at work as he deals with his wife's recovery from brain surgery.

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10dESPN NFL Experts

NFL experts debate: Our picks for MVP in 2019

Is Patrick Mahomes the favorite to repeat? Could Aaron Rodgers get back into the mix? Our insiders look ahead to the start of the season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lost in some other news today, the Lions signed LB Juwon Young and released LB Tre' Williams, who signed with Detroit earlier this offseason.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Detroit Lions have dipped into another professional sport to sign a new wide receiver. The club announced Sunday afternoon they signed Tom Kennedy, from Bryant, after a tryout during rookie minicamp. While he is likely to be one of tends of transactions across the NFL after the weekend, his story is different because while he went undrafted in the NFL in April, he was taken in the third round of last year's Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Boston Cannons. He played six games for the Cannons last year, recording an assist – all while also being part of the Bryant football team. Kennedy, according to his Bryant bio, initially tried to play football and lacrosse at the school but then left football after the 2014 season, playing lacrosse only for two years, becoming one of the better players in the Northeast Conference. He returned to football in 2017 and had 57 receptions for 888 yards and nine touchdowns. Then last season, his last with eligibility, he had 33 catches for 410 yards and a touchdown after missing four games with injury. Despite only playing football for two seasons, he's eighth in Bryant history in catches and receiving yards.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed WR Jordan Smallwood and WR Tom Kennedy today. They waived TE Nate Becker and TE Donald Parham. Neither Becker nor Parham had signing bonuses.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions first round pick T.J. Hockenson will wear No. 88. Second-round pick Jahlani Tavai will wear No. 51. Austin Bryant, who was the team's fourth-round pick, gets No. 94 last worn by Ezekiel Ansah.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions sign 13 undrafted free agents — also release WR Brandon Reilly.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenny Wiggins: "I've been cut 10 times. I've been in the UFL. Nothing surprises me at this point." Now, he might be Detroit's starter at right guard.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Quandre Diggs is going to become a father in the next few months. Said he's leaned on a lot of father figures in his life for advice. Joked that the nursery is nice, but they aren't painting the walls because the grey was the color of the walls he wanted when they moved into the place. In the future, as his child grows up, maybe that changes. As he enters this new phase of his life, he says, "I'm at peace with life, man."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions will have a new head athletic trainer

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24dMichael Rothstein

Lions RB Johnson fully back from knee injury

Kerryon Johnson missed the last six games of his rookie season with a knee injury, but now, months removed and with the Lions' offseason workouts underway, he said Thursday he's fully back to his old self.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerryon Johnson says he's fully healthy: "Yep, ready to go." He missed the last few games of the 2018 season due to injury. Johnson became Detroit's lead back last season as a rookie before the injury. When asked when the rookie wall hit him last year, he said it hit him in "fall camp," meaning before the season even started.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards223.520th
Rushing Yards103.823rd
Points For20.325th
Points Against22.5Tied-16th