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2018 Schedule
9-7, 2nd in NFC North
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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions running backs working on cutting.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford on the new NFL rules regarding the national anthem: "Listen, man, we haven't talked about it as a team and we'll figure all that stuff out when it comes to September. I'm not too worried about it at the moment. I'm just focused on trying to get better."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Just some other thoughts from the first Lions open OTA: Frank Ragnow was getting a lot of work at left guard instead of center -- mirroring what Ragnow has been doing the first two days of OTAs when the media wasn't present. Alex Barrett was surprisingly getting a lot of playing time Thursday, mostly with the second unit, as a player standing up instead of with his hand down on the line of scrimmage. I caught notice of him multiple times, too. An undrafted free agent last year, this could be the right defense for him to figure things out, particularly with his versatility. It was without pads and still early, but new tight end Luke Willson looked like he could be a red zone threat. He caught a couple of passes in the end zone and made some difficult plays. Overall, a strong start for the guy who grew up a Lions fan.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Glover Quin only player not at voluntary Lions OTA on Thursday. Ezekiel Ansah was there but didn't do much — same with TJ Jones. OL Joe Dahl and S Tavon Wilson both had red no-contact jerseys. Also, LB Nick Bellore did a lot of work on offense.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia opened his press conference by discussing the importance -- to him -- of Memorial Day. His quote in full: "Just before the weekend begins just wanted to make sure I take a moment to recognize the families and the veterans, all of the active military that will be reflecting throughout the next few days on family members, fellow soldiers that obviously made the ultimate sacrifice. I think Memorial Day weekend, for some, it's a time of family gatherings, cookouts and the start of summer but we shouldn't forget the real purpose behind the holiday and I've been very fortunate over the last several years to build some relationships with members of the military both past and present and their families and I personally will be thinking of them in the next coming days."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia said no position has been decided for Frank Ragnow so far (he can play guard or center). Ragnow has been working at guard, based on photos/videos on the Lions website the first two days of OTAs.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed LB Trevor Bates on Wednesday, cutting TE DeAndre Goolsby. Bates was on the New England practice squad in 2016 and the New York Giants practice squad for most of the 2017 season. He was initially drafted by the Indianapolis Colts out of Maine as a seventh-round pick in 2016. The 24-year-old has played in one NFL game and did not record a tackle. He had 15 tackles for the Patriots last preseason before being cut.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Details of DE Da'Shawn Hand's rookie deal with the Lions: Average per year -- $785,491. Signing bonus: $681,964. 2018: $480,000 base salary; cap hit: $650,491. 2019: $570,000 base salary; cap hit: $740,491 2020: $660,000 base salary; cap hit: $830,491. 2021: $750,000 base salary; cap hit: $920,491. This information was provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Details of rookie RB Kerryon Johnson's contract with the Lions: Average per year: $1,625,925. Signing bonus: $2,809,960. 2018: $480,000 base salary fully guaranteed; cap hit: $1,182,490. Dead money: $4,065,583. 2019: $775,623 base salary fully guaranteed; cap hit: $1,478,113. Dead money: $2,883,093. 2020: $1,071,246 base salary. Cap hit: $1,773,736. Dead money: $1,404,980. 2021: $1,366,869 base salary. Cap hit: $2,069,359. Dead money: $702,490. No guarantees in 2020 or 2021. No bonuses throughout. This info was provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Details of Frank Ragnow's contract with the Lions. Four years (with an option for a fifth) at an average of $2,945,035 per year. Signing bonus of $6,647,372. 2018: $480K base salary fully guaranteed; cap hit: $2,141,843. Dead money: $11,780,138. 2019: $1,015,461 base salary fully guaranteed; cap hit: $2,677,304. Dead money: $9,638,295. 2020: $1,550,922 base salary fully guaranteed; cap hit: $3,212,765. Dead money: $6,960,991. 2021: $2,086,383 base salary fully guaranteed; cap hit: $3,748,226. Dead money: $3,748,226. Information provided by ESPN Stats & Info.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have been awarded WR Chris Lacy off of waivers from New England. To make room, Detroit cut CB Josh Okonye.

Patricia, Lions won't be subject to discipline (0:46)
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No NFL penalty for Lions, Patricia from '96 case

The NFL determined that the Lions were not at fault for not learning about Matt Patricia's 1996 arrest during the interview process and that the coach would not be disciplined for not letting his arrest be known to the club.

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4dMichael Rothstein

New Lions defense starts taking shape this week

As the Lions begin their first OTAs under Matt Patricia there will be lots to watch on how the defense takes shape and who plays where.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OL T.J. Lang said there has been no mandate to stand for the national anthem this year and isn't sure what the league or teams should do.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have claimed offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty off waivers from the Giants and also announced the signing of third-round pick Tracy Walker. All Lions picks have now signed. To make room for Bisnowaty, the team cut offensive lineman Brett Kendrick, who was signed as an undrafted free agent this weekend from Tennessee.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions LB Devon Kennard said he has no problem slotting into multiple positions, which is kind of how Detroit is going to be using him. He has spent time in both linebacker and defensive line rooms. Said he's been in three meeting rooms (LB, DL, defensive backs) to help understanding how to coordinate the defense through the different groups. Said coming to Detroit gave him "great opportunity, great situation." He also admired Matt Patricia's defense on film.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions TE Luke Willson said Matt Patricia discussed the 22-year-old sexual assault allegations with his team but that the conversations between them are going to stay in-house. When asked for his reaction, said he is keeping an open mind and he listened to Patricia and what he said.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have signed three players: WR Deontez Alexander (rookie from Franklin College), TE Marcus Lucas (has been with the practice squads in Carolina, Oakland and Indianapolis) and CB Josh Okonye (played at Purdue and Wake Forest). To make room, the Lions waived WR Kyle Lewis and waived-injured TE Brandon Barnes.

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13dMichael Rothstein

Wood: Lions followed law with Patricia hiring

Lions president Rod Wood said his team followed the law when it came to how it approached the hiring process with Matt Patricia earlier this year, even if they didn't uncover a 22-year-old aggravated sexual assault indictment.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards261.46th
Rushing Yards76.332nd
Points For25.67th
Points Against23.521st