Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) celebrates a touchdown by a teammate against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-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.

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate calls Seattle Seahawks’ contract offer ‘laughable’
Justin Rogers –

All things created equal, Golden Tate would have preferred to stay in Seattle. He even offered to take less money to remain with the Seahawks. But the 25-year-old wide receiver was incredibly disappointed with the deal proposed by his former employer.

Matthew Stafford ‘knows he can be a better quarterback’
Brent Sobleski — USA Today

For the Detroit Lions to develop into a consistent organization, QB Matthew Stafford has to get better. And he knows it.

“I think if you ask Matthew, he would take (the blame for last season) all on his shoulders,” Lions president Tom Lewand told Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett. “That’s the kind of guy that he is. He knows he can be a better quarterback, he wants to be a better quarterback every step of the way. I think he’s a very fine quarterback who’s got a fiercely competitive streak to him.”

Predicting the Detroit Lions Starting Lineup After the 1st Week of Free Agency
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

New head coach Jim Caldwell should have a very strong idea of his starting offensive and defensive players already. While the draft is still going to bolster the roster, it’s unlikely any player drafted winds up starting in September, other than perhaps a third wideout.

Here is what the Lions starting lineup figures to look like when the 2014 NFL season kicks off…

Jed Collins expected to meet with Lions on Wednesday
Josh Alper — Pro Football Talk

The Lions haven’t used a fullback on offense in several years, but there’s a new coaching staff in place and they’re bringing a new approach with them.

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