Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (41) is tackled by New England Patriots defense during 2nd half at Ford Field. Lions won 40-9. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

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Defensive end Darryl Tapp going back to his roots with Detroit Lions
Justin Rogers –

Darryl Tapp had played defensive end since high school. But last season, after joining the Washington Redskins, he tried his hand at outside linebacker. The results were uninspiring.

Playing fewer than 100 defensive snaps in 11 games for Washington, Tapp recorded a career-low 10 tackles. A free agent this offseason, the Detroit Lions rolled the dice on the eight-year veteran, hoping they could recapture some of his previous NFL success by moving him back to the line of scrimmage and sticking his hand in the dirt.

Lions’ Dan Orlovsky: Theo Riddick will be our version of Darren Sproles
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

Well, fantasy owners, if you believe Detroit Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, you should draft running back Theo Riddick with a sleeper pick.

Orlovsky said on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast today that he sees Riddick inhabiting a similar role as that of Darren Sproles and predicts he will have a breakout season and catch 50 passes.

Detroit Lions — Three questions about Ryan Broyles
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

Ryan Broyles has never been able to make the contributions the Detroit Lions envisioned when they drafted the wide receiver thanks to two season-ending injuries.

Here are three questions about Broyles prior to the start of training camp:

Five numbers to keep up in 2014
Tim Twentyman —

Last week I took a look at five numbers from the 2013 season that need to change in order for the Detroit Lions to take a step closer to the playoffs this year.

It seems only fair that we also look at five numbers where the team excelled last year and take a closer look at how they can maintain those marks in 2014.

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