Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) celebrates with wide receiver Kris Durham (18) after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals 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.

Detroit Lions still have no clarity at kicker
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

The Detroit Lions started punter Sam Martin as a rookie last year, and that is not surprise. NFL teams don’t draft specialists to sit the bench.

Now the Lions have drafted another specialist, placekicker Nate Freese, but insist the competition with Giorgio Tavecchio remains open heading into next month’s training camp.

Well-rounded TE Brandon Pettigrew still has important role with Lions
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

Eric Ebron is the shiny new toy in the Detroit Lions offense. But the team still has plans for Brandon Pettigrew, who they re-signed to a four-year, $16 million extension this offseason.

Houston dismissal calls into question Lions’ other offseason moves
Jamie Samuelsen — Detroit Free Press

Let’s be very clear about one thing. Chris Houston is not Richard Sherman.

The Lions secondary didn’t take a massive step backwards with the announcement Friday that they were cutting ways with their highest paid cornerback. Houston was the best cover corner the Lions have had over the past few seasons, but that’s a somewhat backhanded compliment given his competition for the honor.

Winners and Losers of Detroit Lions Offseason so Far
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions are now in the heart of the offseason. Two weeks of OTAs and the first minicamp are already completed, and every draft pick is now signed.

It has been an eventful offseason so far. Between hiring a new coaching staff, drafting what appears to be a pretty solid rookie class and making some tough choices with veteran contributors, there really hasn’t been a dull moment.

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