Sep 16, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp (55) along the sidelines during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Ravens 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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It’d be nice if Lions focused more on improving defense
Jamie Samuelsen — Detroit Free Press

It’s impossible to sit here today and know exactly what this current free agency class means for the Lions. After all, the draft is still to come. Injuries are still to come. We assume a new Ndamukong Suh contract is still to come. And you have to mention the fact that a brand new coaching staff under Jim Caldwell still has to take control. There’s a long way to go between now and the season opener, and this is just a step in the process.

New Lions WR Golden Tate wants to challenge Jeremy Ross for return duties
Kyle Meinke — MLive

Jeremy Ross was one of the Detroit Lions’ most pleasant surprises last season, especially on kick and punt return. It looked as though he would be the prohibitive favorite to handle those duties in 2014.

Then Detroit went out and signed the best punt returner in the business.

Newly signed DE Darryl Tapp pledges Lions are getting ‘awesome player’
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

You can measure Darryl Tapp in a lot of different ways — by his size (6-foot-1, 255 pounds), his experience (8 seasons), his football IQ (he’s played in various schemes and systems) — but measure him by his statistics at your own risk.

“Stat lines don’t always tell the story,” Tapp cautioned Friday in a teleconference with Detroit beat writers. “Let’s get that straight first and foremost. I’m the same player I was coming out of the draft —just a few more years older and few more years wiser.”

Familiarity with defensive coaches helped Lions land Tapp
Tim Twentyman —

Darryl Tapp learned to respect Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn when the two were in Philadelphia and the he jumped at the chance to rejoin Washburn and get back into a 4-3 defense in Detroit

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