Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive back Justin Gilbert runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions don’t rule out adding a fullback to the roster
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

The Detroit Lions haven’t utilized a traditional fullback the past three seasons, but there could be a place for the position in the team’s new offense.

New coach Jim Caldwell has said he prefers single-back formations, but offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is accustomed to working with blocking backs — such as Heath Evans and Jed Collins — from his time with the New Orleans Saints.

5 Hidden Gems Detroit Lions Should Have Noticed at the Combine
Brandon Alisoglu — Bleacher Report

Does anybody at the NFL Scouting Combine fall under the radar anymore? Probably not. But some performances, despite being incredible or at least draft-stock elevating, still don’t get the credit they deserve.

For NFL teams, that’s inexcusable. And probably unlikely.

Regardless of the Detroit Lions’ actual big board, which won’t go public anytime soon, here’s a list of players the Lions need to take a second look at.

Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard slower than Justin Gilbert at combine
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Mayock said the Lions, who select 10th in May’s draft, might have been inclined to pick Dennard if he ran a 4.4, but the decision between Dennard and Gilbert likely will come down to a team’s preference.

Gilbert has the speed and return ability while Dennard is better in press coverage.

Ticker: Stafford praises old coordinator Linehan to new pupil Romo
Steve Schrader — Detroit Free Press

He already had the job. But Matthew Stafford apparently talked with Tony Romo and gave his new — and Stafford’s old — offensive coordinator Scott Linehan a reference.

According to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Stafford and Romo had a long talk after Dallas hired Linehan to run their offense last month.

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