Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates after making a play during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Giants beat the Lions 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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Saginaw Valley’s Jeff Janis ready to blaze trail to NFL with strong combine
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Saginaw Valley State wide receiver Jeff Janis knows what he has to do to impress NFL teams at the combine.

The Division II standout already showed last month he fit in with FBS players at the Senior Bowl, and while in Mobile, Ala., he had a glimpse of the line of questioning NFL player personnel people will put him through at the combine, which begins Thursday.

But when the receivers run the 40-yard dash Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, a tenth of a second could completely change Janis’ draft stock.

The 1 Draft-Day Trade Martin Mayhew Should Be Exploring
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

Yes, the Lions would miss the hefty defensive tackle. When he’s on top of his game, Fairley is a major impact player. Who can forget his triumphant stuff to win the Chicago game?

Unfortunately, Fairley only brings that high level of play sporadically. More often than not, he’s an underachieving, penalty-plagued player with wildly uneven production.

NFL draft: Sam Watkins, Darqueze Dennard, Michael Sam, other things to watch at combine
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Sports writer Dave Birkett breaks down five story lines to watch at the NFL combine, where workouts begin Saturday in Indianapolis:

Report: Carlin Isles will not join Lions
Michael Rothstein — ESPN.com

Carlin Isles appears to have given up his hopes of playing in the NFL — at least for now.

The utility player, who was dubbed “the fastest man in rugby,” initially signed on with the Detroit Lions’ practice squad before the final game of the regular season. Then, the team signed him to a reserves/futures deal in January.

There was even some mention of him giving up rugby to concentrate on football and trying to make the Lions, where his speed could have potentially been used as a returner.

However, the Scotsman, a newspaper in Scotland, is reporting that Isles will head to Glasgow to play the rest of the rugby season with the Glasgow Warriors. The Warriors’ season will run until at least May, which would mean Isles would miss offseason workouts with Detroit.

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