Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes


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Hall of Famer Lem Barney and the day Marvin Gaye was almost a Detroit Lion
Gillian Van Stratt – MLive.com

Considering he’s already known as the Prince of Motown, one can only imagine the rise in ranking that would have come had Marvin Gaye turned in a more impressive tryout that day in 1970.

Gaye, who lived in Detroit while recording hits for Motown Records, dreamed of playing for the Detroit Lions.


How does TJ Jones’ shoulder injury affect competition at receiver?
Tim Twentyman & Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

What that means for Jones should be interesting to watch. Jones told The Detroit News he expects to be back in time for training camp.

Assuming Ross and Broyles make the roster, it seems the Lions would want Jones to make his living on the outside. He can also play in the slot, but he could help most on the outside.

Top NFL Quarterback-Wide Receiver Duos
Erik Lambert — NFL Mocks

There probably is no more productive pair in the NFL today than Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Together they have literally broken records. Stafford topped 5,000 yards passing in 2011. Johnson went over 1,900 yards receiving in 2012, including over 300 yards in a single game. Since 2011, the first time Stafford completed a full season, they have since connected 302 times for 5,137 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Detroit Lions’ Eric Ebron, on Matthew Stafford: ‘This is what you want in a quarterback’
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

They don’t have the mind-meld thing going on quite yet, but soon enough, Eric Ebron figures that he and Matthew Stafford will get there.

Ebron, the rookie tight end who’s expected to play a major role on offense for the Detroit Lions this fall, said he and Stafford plan to get together for throwing sessions next month, before training camp opens July 28.

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