Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) against the Green Bay Packers 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.

If Brandon Pettigrew walks, UNC’s Eric Ebron could be option for Lions’ first-round pick
Kyle Meinke –

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, who has drawn comparisons to the star New Orleans tight end, is widely considered the No. 1 prospect at the position for this year’s draft. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes Ebron is good enough to warrant a top-10 pick.

Tim and Mike: What to expect from the NFL Combine
Tim Twentyman & Mike O’Hara —

Tim Twentyman and Mike O’Hara will be down in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine and take a look at some of the things they’ll have an eye on for the next five days

Lions Gab: Four things the new coaching staff must improve immediately
Anthony Kuehn — Detroit Free Press

Every new coaching staff is replacing a staff that didn’t live up to expectations, as such, they usually come in and talk about what they will do differently. Usually these discussions include clichés and vague promises. These coaches never come in and say, “I inherited a total disaster; this is going to take some time to clean up.”

The Lions aren’t quite a rebuilding team. There have been some glimpses into the coaches’ plans for 2014 and there are a few key areas that I believe will significantly improve.

Breaking Down the Detroit Lions Franchise Tag Decisions
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

This is a bit of an unusual year for the Detroit Lions. Most years, there are several free agents the team strongly desires to keep in the den, and the franchise tag is one of the critical tools at its disposal to ensure that valued free agents don’t get away.

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