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Now in Lions front office, James ‘Shack’ Harris broke QB color barrier
Chris McCosky – Detroit News
The college player of the year, a big, strong, iron-willed quarterback who could run 40 yards in 4.6 seconds and throw the ball 70 yards on a clothes line, is taken on the second day of the draft by the Bills.
That right there would never happen today. But wait.
He was told he’d be drafted sooner if he’d change positions, if he would agree not to play the position he’d played his entire life, the position he played when he led his high school team in Monroe, La., to 39 consecutive victories and his college team, Grambling State, to a 31-9-1 record and four conference titles.
He refused, and wound up going in the eighth round.
Middle-of-the-pack teams face desperate times in second half
Barry Wilner – The Associated Press
Playoff races could be wide open into late December, but not for some teams that already have reached desperation time.
Mark down the Cowboys, Eagles, Titans, Bengals, Chargers, Saints and Lions in that category. All of them had winning or .500 records in 2011, and each of them entered the season with designs on playoff berths.
Lions see utility role for receiver Mike Thomas
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com
The first order of business for Thomas is to get up to speed with the scheme and the terminology, after that, the Lions will decide how to use him. But Lions general manager Martin Mayhew sees a lot of uses for a player with Thomas’ speed.
QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: To be fair, the Lions have faced some imposing defenses, especially of late. The Jaguars will give them a break, although Stafford has still thrown for 300-plus yards in three of his last four games. The Lions’ lackluster running game gives them even more reason to rely on Stafford’s right arm against a defense that gives up nearly 20 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Injuries Have Held Detroit Lions Back
Chris Morgan – CBS Detroit
This is about players repeatedly getting injured, repeatedly missing time, and routinely hindering the quality of Detroit’s roster on the field week in and week out. Delmas is but one notable example.