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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.

As Thanksgiving approaches, Detroit Lions’ Ryan Broyles helps feed families in need (with video)
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

"For years, Ryan Broyles’ go-to meal was crackers with peanut butter, and if he and his three siblings were lucky, maybe they’d have noodles to eat, too.Broyles hated summertime as a kid because it meant no more free breakfast or lunch at school and watching his mother, Stephanie Moore, strain to put extra food on the table.And as he bounced around homeless shelters and lived in one-bedroom motels for most of the first nine years of his life, Broyles promised himself he would help those less fortunate as soon as he could."

With a strong mind already, Lions believe CB Darius Slay’s body will follow
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

"In retrospect, the Lions might not have done rookie cornerback Darius Slay any favors by first rushing him into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season and then toggling him and veteran Rashean Mathis in and out of the lineup.“It does play with your head,” veteran cornerback Chris Houston said. “But he’s a strong guy. Like I tell him all the time, God didn’t make the world in one day so be patient. I try to tell him, great players didn’t become great in their first year. Kobe Bryant wasn’t the Kobe Bryant we know now in his first year.”"

Why Lions have inconsistent pass rush
Michael Rothstein –

"Willie Young settles in at the line of scrimmage, waiting for the snap for yet another play. He’ll look at the opposing offensive line, the tight ends, the running backs, everything stacked against the Detroit Lions’ front four and starts a conversation. It’s how he keeps himself calm when he sees what he and the rest of the Detroit Lions defensive line will have to get through just to even get a shot at an opposing quarterback. Double teams. Running backs chipping. Tight ends staying in to block. Detroit doesn’t bring much pressure at all outside of its front four, but opponents have to keep almost all of their players in to try and keep those four guys from finding their quarterback."

Detroit Lions Will Get Boost From Return of Nate Burleson
Michael Terrill — Rant Sports

"The Detroit Lions received some excellent news on Friday when it was reported that wide receiver Nate Burleson is expected to return to the lineup and play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The fact is Burleson is a boost in an already impressive offense that can put up passing yards like nobody’s business."