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Jared Goff has bold goal for first season with Lions

Jared Goff

Jared Goff’s confidence has not been dented by his move to the Detroit Lions, and he’s feeling bullish about the team’s prospects in 2021.

Goff questioned why the Lions can’t go from worst-to-first and win the NFC North in his first year with the team.

“We feel really good,” Goff said Monday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve talked about this at length. Internally, our expectations are win games and first of all win the division. That’s always the expectations, win the division and then go from there. Externally, couldn’t care less and honestly don’t really know what it would be.

“I don’t know what the stat is, but every year there’s new teams in the playoff. Every year there’s teams that were in the playoffs last year that aren’t and why not us? Why can’t we be that one that wasn’t in last year that is this year?”

Goff’s confidence is admirable, but few are going to agree with his prognosis. The team has few weapons on offense, and Goff is going to need to prove himself more than anything else. The Lions are giving him a big chance, and he seems to know it, but he’s going to have to do a lot with a little in order to prove himself as the team’s long-term quarterback. To win the division, he’s going to have to show even more than that.

Lions release DB Alex Brown after DUI car crash that critically injured teammate

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The Detroit Lions released defensive back Alex Brown after he allegedly critically injured a teammate in a DUI car crash.

Via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, Brown has been charged with two counts of operating while under the influence causing serious injury and two counts of reckless driving causing serious injury following a Sunday car crash. Brown was allegedly intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of southbound Interstate 75 near Detroit at a high rate of speed when his vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with another car.

Brown’s passenger, Lions teammate Charlie Taumoepeau, was trapped in the car and had to be freed with the Jaws of Life. He was transported to a local hospital in a cervical collar with a neck injury. The driver of the other vehicle was also seriously hurt, and had to be transported to a local hospital after being placed on a backboard.

“We are aware of the situation from Sunday morning involving Alex Brown,” the Lions said in a statement. “Alex was waived from the team Sunday afternoon and Charlie Taumoepeau is receiving proper medical care following injuries sustained from the incident.

“Driving under the influence is a matter we take very seriously. We, as an organization, extend our thoughts and support to the victim and his family during his recovery.”

Brown was released on Sunday less than 10 hours after the incident. Taumoepeau was also waived with a non-football injury designation and will revert to injured reserve upon clearing waivers.

Brown, a 24-year-old defensive back, had appeared in three games as a special teams player for the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2019 season. Taumoepeau, a 23-year-old tight end, went undrafted in 2020 and spent time last season on the Colts’ and 49ers’ practice squads.

Lions’ Craig Reynolds had hilarious story of meeting teammates during preseason debut

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Preseason NFL football can be a somewhat chaotic environment. Players are shuffling in and out of camps, and games often involve players who barely even factor on the depth chart. It can lead to some pretty funny stories, though, such as the one Craig Reynolds shared Friday night.

Reynolds, a 25-year-old journeyman out of Division II Kutztown, had a Thursday morning tryout with the Lions that he nearly missed due to flight problems. Reynolds made the tryout, was signed by the team, and ended up playing most of the fourth quarter of Friday’s preseason game against Buffalo. He ended up scoring on a 24-yard touchdown run in a Lions win.

After the game, Reynolds admitted that he was introducing himself to teammates in the huddle because he was signed so late.

“I introduced myself in the huddle at one point,” Reynolds said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “They were like, ‘Yo, what’s your name?’ A couple coaches introduced themselves to me on the sideline during the game. It’s definitely crazy, but like I said, they just made it real easy.”

Reynolds has a long way to go before he can really think about making the Lions’ final roster. However, a performance like Friday’s will at least get him noticed and put him on the coaching staff’s radar. It probably won’t be easy to impress this guy, but no matter what happens, Reynolds got quite the story out of his Lions tenure.

Calvin Johnson won’t be thanking the Lions in Hall of Fame speech

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson has feuded with the Detroit Lions ever since his retirement. That won’t change with his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.

On Friday, Johnson suggested he wouldn’t be thanking the only franchise he ever played for during his induction speech, nor was he particularly interested in speaking to certain members of the front office that may be in attendance.

“I’m definitely going to bring up a lot of people that I’m thankful for,” Johnson said, via Clark Judge of FanNation. “There are so many people during my career that had an impact and those specific people I’m going to try (thank) … at least I have them on the ticker. But I’m not going to mention everybody. As far as the Lions, hey, I got nothing to say.”

Johnson acknowledged that he might run into some with the organization that he blames for the ongoing issues, including team president Rod Wood. If he does, he’s not planning to engage them.

“I’m sure I’m going to run into him,” Johnson said of Wood. “But you know me: I keep it short. I keep it moving. I go about my business.

“Put it like this: I’m not going to be seeing my family a whole lot during this whole weekend, so I’m going to be looking forward to seeing them whenever I get a chance to. So If I pass Rod Wood, I’m going to keep moving.”

It’s worth noting that Johnson is taking a similar approach to another Lions legend. Barry Sanders didn’t thank the team itself when he was inducted in 2004, instead sticking to paying tribute to his teammates, the fans, and the city itself. Sanders and the Lions ultimately reconciled, and Sanders is now an ambassador for the organization.

As for Johnson, that reconciliation sounds far off. It stems from the team’s refusal to return part of his signing bonus when he retired at 30, as well as the Lions’ unwillingness to relinquish his rights so he could play for another team. Earlier this year, Johnson openly said he wished the Lions had been willing to trade him in recognition to his service to the team. There have been hints from the franchise that they want to move toward a reconciliation, but Johnson seems to be making clear that it’s not happening right now.

Detroit Tigers’ Twitter brings up infamous Cowboys-Lions playoff game

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The Detroit Tigers on Monday enjoyed a rare blowout victory. The team’s official Twitter account had a little fun with the situation.

The 44-51 Tigers blew out the Rangers 14-0, outhitting Texas 19-4. The Tigers’ Twitter account made a joke that the lopsided figures represented a football score.

Well, a tweet about the Lions and Cowboys is a sore subject for Detroit fans, of course. The follow-up tweet made note of the pass interference call the refs undid in the January 2015 NFC Wild Card game between the Cowboys and Lions.

Boy, did the refs botch that one. The missed call helped give the ball to the Cowboys, who then scored and won the game. The Lions ended up losing a game they had in control and haven’t won a playoff game since 1991.

You just can’t mention the Lions and Cowboys without noting that game and the penalty that cost Detroit so dearly.

Calvin Johnson wishes Lions traded him like they did Matthew Stafford

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson clearly hasn’t mended fences with the Detroit Lions, and it shows based on some new comments he made this week.

Johnson said he was pleased for former teammate Matthew Stafford that the Lions agreed to trade him. The former wide receiver also added, however, that he wished he’d been granted the same wish.

“We asked would they release me or let me go to another team … they wouldn’t,” Johnson told Woodward Sports, via TMZ Sports. “You know what, it sucked that they didn’t let me go, but they let Matthew go, but hey, you know, it is what it is.”

Johnson added that he “loved” Stafford and wasn’t mad at him for getting his wish. The 2021 Hall of Fame inductee also said the Lions had not reached out about repairing the relationship, contrary to what he said earlier this year.

Johnson has long held a grudge against the Lions for forcing him to pay back a portion of his signing bonus after his 2015 retirement. He’s added more critical stories about the organization over the years. There had been hope that the two sides would sort everything out prior to his Hall of Fame induction, but that does not look to be happening.

Lions’ Jeff Okudah shades former coaches after working with new staff

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Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah appears to be realizing what he missed out on coaching-wise during the 2020 season.

Okudah, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, struggled as a rookie, playing in only nine games before suffering a season-ending groin injury. Now healthy, much more is expected from him in year two. It sounds like he’s ready to provide it, in part because of the team’s new coaching staff.

Okudah seemed to subtly criticize former coach Matt Patricia’s staff when speaking of his initial work with new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and secondary coach Aubrey Pleasant.

“Just sitting down with them, within the first couple meetings I was picking up so much things that I thought to myself, like, it would have just been nice to have these tools in my toolbox going into my rookie year,” Okudah said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m still grateful to have them going into the second year, and I think that it’s only been two or three months and we still have all this work to do. It just has me excited how much more there is to learn, and how much better there is to get leading up to the season.”

Whether it’s intentional or not, it sure sounds like Okudah feels let down by the team’s former coaching staff. He definitely wouldn’t be alone in that regard.

Glenn had his own take on the job Patricia and his former staff did. The new start seems to be coming as a relief for everyone, but time will tell if the team is any more successful under the new regime.

Jared Goff appreciated Lions not drafting QB

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NFL players pay close attention to what their teams do in the NFL Draft, some more than others. For instance, quarterbacks who may not be entrenched as their team’s starter certainly take note of whether the organization addresses the position or not.

The Detroit Lions had the chance to draft either Justin Fields or Mac Jones in the first round, but didn’t do so. In fact, the Lions didn’t draft a quarterback at all, signaling their commitment to newly-acquired Jared Goff, at least for 2021.

Goff very much noticed the Lions didn’t touch the quarterback position in the draft, and it definitely meant something to him.

“It’s a nice vote of confidence obviously for me,” Goff said Thursday, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website. “I think what’s not lost on me is that their first move as a staff with Brad (Holmes) and Dan (Campbell) involved me, so it’s exciting and it makes you feel good.”

Not only did the Lions not draft a quarterback, but they got Goff some protection in the form of highly-touted offensive lineman Penei Sewell with the No. 7 pick. Goff said he was “fired up” by the selection. The Lions also added another weapon in the passing game for Goff, selecting USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown in the fourth round.

Considering how Goff’s tenure with the Los Angeles Rams ended, it’s clear he values having the confidence of the organization. The Lions certainly showed that they’re committed to him for now, but a poor 2021 season could change things quickly.

Kerryon Johnson being waived by Lions

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Kerryon Johnson’s Detroit Lions career appears to be over.

The Lions are waiving Johnson, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday.

Johnson was a second-round pick (No. 43 overall) by Detroit out of Auburn in 2018. He rushed for 641 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. His season was cut short after 10 games due to a sprained knee. He only played in eight games in 2019 also due to his knee.

Last season, Johnson’s role was diminished as he played behind new draft pick D’Andre Swift and even veteran Adrian Peterson.

Now after drafting Jermar Jefferson and signing Jamaal Williams, Johnson unfortunately became expendable.

Report: Falcons open to trading No. 4 pick, received offer from this team

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The Atlanta Falcons have one of the most valuable assets of the 2021 NFL Draft with the No. 4 overall pick, and all indications are that they are open to trading it. The real question, then, is how much other teams are willing to pay.

The Falcons are still discussing possible trade scenarios involving the fourth overall pick with teams, according to Jeff Schultz of The Athletic. They have not yet received an offer that they deem fair, however.

With the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers all but certain to select quarterbacks at picks 1, 2 and 3, the Falcons have a lot of leverage. Teams that want to draft one of the remaining two of the big five quarterback prospects may approach Atlanta about making a deal. At least one other team reportedly has interest in arguably the best wide receiver in the draft.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano report that the Detroit Lions reached out to the Falcons about moving up to No. 4 from No. 7. The Lions are said to be eyeing LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase at that spot, but as of now they believe Atlanta’s asking price is too high.

The Falcons’ asking price could certainly come down on draft day, or they could just keep the pick. There have been rumblings that they would prefer to move back, but we doubt they’d be upset about drafting a player like star Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.