Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) in the end zone for a safety during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

Ditka knows image matters for Lions’ QB Stafford
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

When the NFL scouting combine kicks off this week in Indianapolis, the Lions will enjoy the privilege of having a good-to-great player at almost every position and a fair amount of young depth.

“A lot of things are in place right now,” ESPN analyst Mike Ditka said. “They’ve got a lot of guys on defense. They have a pretty solid football team.

“The only thing I’m saying is last year at times their mistakes beat themselves, and they’re a good team. I know they’re a good team.”

Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Detroit Lions
Eric Edholm — Yahoo Sports: Shutdown Corner

After the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, all 32 teams officially entered the offseason and started plotting how they could position themselves for a shot at Super Bowl XLIX. Shutdown Corner will look at the offseason blueprint for each of the 32 NFL teams, presenting one team a day.

Joseph Fauria eyes Jimmy Graham-like production in Detroit Lions’ new offense
Justin Rogers –

Tight end Joseph Fauria exceeded all expectations as an undrafted rookie in 2013, becoming one of the Detroit Lions’ primary red zone threats in his first professional season. He finished the year with seven receiving touchdowns, one short of the franchise’s rookie record.

But he is eyeing a much bigger role under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Fauria is drawing inspiration from Jimmy Graham, the All-Pro who has caught more passes and touchdowns than any other tight end over the past three seasons.

5 Realistic Trade Scenarios for Detroit Lions to Pursue This Offseason
Brandon Alisoglu — Bleacher Report

What if I told you the Detroit Lions have at least five realistic trade scenarios?

OK. You’re right. They should probably be classified as somewhat realistic to keep it kosher, but it’s the offseason. We need something to pass the time until teams start signing free agents and drafting rookies.

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