Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Report Card Grades for the Detroit Lions’ Undrafted Free-Agent Signings
Dean Holden – Bleacher Report

Everybody wants to grade the draft, but some of the best players in NFL history never had their names called on draft day.

Each year, teams hope to find that “diamond in the rough” who can make a significant impact without costing a draft pick, and because scouts are generally good at what they do, it rarely happens.

But nonetheless, the Detroit Lions have signed 11 players to contracts since the end of the draft, and invited a handful more to rookie minicamps. Most of them are little-known players from small schools, but those are the most-often overlooked talents.

Much expected from Detroit Lions Riley Reiff, Ziggy Ansah
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

Now that the results of the Detroit Lions’ NFL draft have settled in, let’s breathe deep and take another look.

Glover Quin sees many similarities between Lions, Texans
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

“My first year playing safety in Houston (in 2011), I only had three weeks, because it was coming off the lockout,” Quin said. “I went through the first practice, and they signed Danieal Manning. But the new rules that year, the free agents couldn’t practice for the first week, so that whole first week, I didn’t get to work with him. We only had two or three weeks of good training-camp practices, preseason games, things like that, and then we were playing Week 1. So four months is a lot of time compared to what it was when I first started.”

Detroit Lions’ Signing of Joseph Fauria Could Prove to Be Game Changing Move at Tight End
Max DeMara – Lions101.com

The NFL is an ever-changing, copycat league where imitation is always the most sincere form of flattery. Hopefully, the Detroit Lions are attempting to imitate the New England Patriots with some of their recent moves at tight end.

First Look At Calvin Johnson’s New Nike Shoe: The CJ81
Evan Jankens – CBS Detroit

Megatron has now become Niketron? Detroit Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson has signed with Nike — and his first signature shoe is ready for the world to see. The CJ81 is a bright yellow shoe with blue accents that is mid cut, has a Velcro strap over the laces and features a Max Air Unit. When you undo the strap you will find Calvin’s signature below the quote, “shock the world.”

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