Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) walks onto the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions center Dominic Raiola says winning is all that’s left
Rod Beard – The Detroit News

In the past 13 seasons with the Lions, center Dominic Raiola has experienced all the highs and the lows.

But the lows far outnumber the highs.

He’s been around for 12 losing seasons — including the 0-16 debacle in 2008 — but for only one winning season (2011), which concluded with the wild-card loss to the Saints.

Making the Call on the Detroit Lions’ Hardest Remaining Cuts
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

Here are eight players firmly on the roster bubble for the final cut, which comes after the fourth and final preseason game. Will they make it to the final 53, or will they hit the waiver wire?

NFL expands practice squads to 10 players, alters eligibility requirements
Justin Rogers –

The NFL created 64 new jobs on Tuesday, expanding practice squads from eight to 10 players.

In addition to the expansion, the league altered the requirements to qualify for the practice squad. Players still only have three seasons of eligibility, but a player will need to be on the roster for six games to use up a season of eligibility. Under the previous rules, it was just three games.

Lions Gab: New-look offense might allow Stafford to turn corner
Anthony Kuehn — Detroit Free Press

I have not held back criticism of Matthew Stafford in the past, mainly motivated by his potential. While being critical of Stafford is not unique, many critics saw him as broken or wasted pick. I saw him as a fantastic physical talent who wasn’t getting the proper coaching to develop his skill set.

Once the Lions hired Jim Caldwell, and in turn, Caldwell hired Joe Lombardi and Jim Bob Cooter, I thought the pieces were in place to help Stafford take the next step in his development. I think many of Stafford’s critics overlooked some important elements of Stafford’s career that impacted his development under the previous regime.

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