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Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:34 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 8:48 am
 

Report: Packers told to report to work Saturday



Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's Day 126 of the lockout but here's the latest evidence that the 2011 NFL season could be just days away: PFT reported Monday night that the Packers are telling their players to be ready to show up on Saturday, July 23. And ESPN Wisconsin Packers beat writer Jason Wilde seconded the report, calling it "100 percent true" after confirming with two sources.

Specifically, PFT writes: "Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Packers are telling players that the doors will open on Friday, and that the team wants the players in town in order to get started on preparations for training camp and the preseason."

This comes four days after Lions linebacker Zack Follett tweeted that he "Just received word it would be the 25th of July we would be able to report back if a deal got done. Pending approval by all parties."

As we mentioned last week, until the owners and players agree on a new collective bargaining agreement everything is "pending approval," but the two sides have come a long way in the last few weeks, and there's now every reason to believe we'll have actual football very soon.

What this means for the August 7 Hall of Fame Game between the Bears and the Rams is another matter, and there are still the logistics of working out a supplemental draft, and an abbreviated free-agency signing period, along with training camps and the preseason.

But if teams are telling players to be ready to go to work this weekend (even if the NFL hasn't technically given them permission to do so), things are moving in the right direction, and quickly.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Follett says Lions' players could report July 25

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The latest evidence that the Great Lockout of 2011 is almost behind us forever: Lions linebacker Zack Follett tweeted this Friday evening:

"Just received word it would be the 25th of July we would be able to report back if a deal got done. Pending approval by all parties."

Like most of the news we've heard in recent days, it comes with the "pending approval" qualifications, but by all indications, we're very close to having an actual football season.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has been all over the latest developments, and the NFL and the NFLPA released a joint statement Friday afternoon announcing that things are "in a good place." There are some details to iron out, but the major issues have been agreed upon, and we could have football in days if not hours. Which means that we'll have a fast and furious free-agent signing period, followed by training camps and preseason games, and then a full schedule of regular season games.

Assuming that most teams report on or around July 25, as Follett suggests, it will give the Bears and Rams 10 days to practice before they're scheduled to face off in the August 7 Hall of Fame Game. Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Martz said he would need just one day to prepare his team to play, while head coach Lovie Smith was a tad less optimistic, telling the Chicago Tribune: "Just the way the NFL is set up: 15 days before the first game. That’s what you want. That’s what it’s been every year. But this is a different year. If the NFL says we’re going to play a game and the Rams are dealing with the same thing, we’re going to get ready."

The Bears might have to make due with something less than 15 days, but either way Smith says his team will be in Canton. "If an agreement gets done and the NFL says we’re going to play the game, we'll be ready. Right now, we haven’t been told that anything has been cancelled."

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Detroit Lions

Posted by Andy Benoit

C. Johnson (US Presswire)


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If we’re to stick strictly to the metaphor here, a team that always finishes in ICU was at least hobbling around one of the more respectable rehabilitation wards when the 2010 season ended.

The Lions went 6-10, ranking 15th in points scored and 19th in points allowed (the 15th scoring offense ranking was partly due to a penchant for fun but unfulfilling garbage time comebacks). It’d be interesting to find out if the Lions brass would have been willing to trade the 6-10 finish for a 4-12 finish if had meant Matthew Stafford getting a chance to develop. This team likely would have been better than 6-10 had Stafford not missed 13 games with shoulder problems. But the point is, his development is crucial to the franchise’s long-term growth, and he didn’t develop while on the sidelines.

At least rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh developed. He went from “monster” early in the year to “mega monster” late. Suh headlined a revamped defensive line, which headlined a defense that still sorely needed revamping at the linebacker and secondary levels.

 

An unsung hero

How did this story slip through the cracks in 2010? Pettigrew, a first-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State in ’09, was operating at full strength on the field just nine months after tearing his ACL. In his return, the 265-pounder was an even quicker, more fluid runner than before.

Pettigrew’s newfound receiving prowess gave the offense an underneath dimension that was crucial in capitalizing on defenses rolling coverage over the top against Calvin Johnson. Augmenting this was Pettigrew’s ability to snag balls on the move.

Pettigrew’s newfound receiving prowess gave the offense an underneath dimension that was crucial in capitalizing on defenses rolling coverage over the top against Calvin Johnson. Augmenting this was Pettigrew’s ability to snag balls on the move.



1.Cornerback
Having a zone-based playmaker like an Asante Samuel would do wonders for Gunther Cunningham’s secondary. Last year’s corners were too focused on fundamentals to even listen to whatever instincts they may have had. It’s questionable whether Chris Houston is wanted back, and it should be questionable whether Alphonso Smith deserves to be welcomed back (at least to the starting lineup). Nate Vasher has experience in a Cover 2 scheme, but a few decent games down the stretch in Detroit don’t override his last few disastrous years in Chicago.

2. Outside Linebacker
You actually have to have a strong side to your game in order to be a starting strongside linebacker in the NFL. Which is why finesse-based journeyman Bobbie Carpenter is not the answer. Last year’s strongside ‘backer, Zack Follett, is penciled in as the replacement for gargantuan disappointment Julian Peterson on the weak side. Follett, however, doesn’t begin to have the necessary athleticism to play this position.

3. Interior Offensive Linemen
Center Dominic Raiola’s lack of power has become too much of an issue. An upgrade there could help keep thoroughly average guards Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman afloat.



The Lions could very well become the trendy pick of 2010. A lot of the hype will depend on how people feel about Stafford.

If he’s sharp, the Lions might be able to mask their middling offensive line. In that case, it would come down to how much the young secondary improves. If it’s lofty goals you like, 9-7 wouldn’t be an unfairly high bar for this club.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Follett calls Stafford 'a china doll'

M. Stafford was called a china doll by Z. Follett (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions LB Zack Follett, while discussing Bears QB Jay Cutler on a Fresno, Calif., radio station today, might have inadvertently given a gift to Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s biggest critics.

Of the former No. 1 pick who’s missed plenty of games the past couple years (six in his rookie season and 13 this year) due to injury, Follett referred to Stafford as a china doll.

Said Follett on ESPN Radio (1430 AM), via the Detroit Free Press: “Stafford, good guy. He’s a china doll right now. Anytime he gets hit, he goes down. But the kid is – hopefully, it’s just patiently waiting for him, because the kid is an awesome talent. He has a tremendous arm. The throws that he makes during practice when no one can touch him, he looks like an All-American quarterback, but put him in a game, and you hit his shoulder. So hopefully, say a couple prayers, keep him healthy next year, and the Lions can do some damage in the NFC.”

Psst, it should be noted that Follett was placed on Injured Reserve with an injured neck and missed the last 10 games of the season. China doll, indeed.

Later, Follett took to his Twitter account to backpedal faster than Maurice Jones-Drew: “Thats my bad on the china doll comment, just referring to his injury.. have no room to talk I was more broken then anyone this yr.”

And this: “Matts a baller I see it everyday on the field, and have no doubt he's going to do work next season!”

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:08 pm
 

The season for Zack Follett is over

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions starting LB Zack Follett, who took a nasty (though not malicious) hit from Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul in the video below that left him strapped to a backboard and carted off the field two weeks ago, was placed on Injured Reserve today.

Follett already had suffered a concussion earlier in the season before he took the helmet-to-helmet hit from Pierre-Paul.

"He's going to see a (spine) specialist in the next couple of days,'' Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday, via mlive.com. "I think we'll have a much better idea then. We've got a pretty good idea now, but we'll gather as much information before we make a final determination of whether we'll continue or shut it down.''

Looks like the team has decided to shut down Follett for the season.

Either Landon Johnson or Bobby Carpenter will take Follet’s place in the Lions starting lineup.



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