- Ford Field
- Head Coach
- Matt Patricia
- Offensive Coordinator
- Darrell Bevell
- Defensive Coordinator
- Paul Pasqualoni
- Special Teams Coach
- John Bonamego
- Defensive Scheme
The Detroit Lions signed their first-round pick, tight end T.J. Hockenson, to a four-year rookie contract on Thursday. Hockenson was the eighth overall pick of the draft and figures to have a substantial role as the main pass-catching tight end in his rookie season as the safety blanket for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Be careful not to overvalue him in redraft leagues, as rookie tight ends often struggle to make the jump to the next level in their first seasons. Detroit also has Jesse James and Michael Roberts at the position.
Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (knee), who missed the last six games of his rookie season with a knee injury, said he's back to his old self this offseason and is "ready to go." Johnson had 118 carries for 641 yards and three touchdowns in 2018 and also caught 32 passes for 213 yards and another score. With a run-heavy offense expected under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Johnson could be a workhorse back if he stays healthy in 2019. Theo Riddick will continue to help on passing downs, but Johnson should see a fair amount of touches on a weekly basis, giving him plenty of fantasy upside.
Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson, the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, is expected to be a starter immediately alongside Jesse James. Tight end is notoriously difficult to learn for rookies, but Hockenson should at least be a solid red-zone target for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Draft him as a TE2 with upside in his rookie season in redraft leagues.
Free-agent defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) had positive reviews from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday, and he could be cleared by mid-August. Ansah's shoulder is structurally sound, but he still needs to gain strength in it heading into the 2019 season. The pass rusher visited with the Ravens on Wednesday and will surely be added by a team despite his history with injuries. Ansah played in only seven games with Detroit last year and hasn't played in a full season since 2015. He still has upside, though, with double-digit sack totals in 2015 and 2017, and he can help some team if he can stay on the field. Ansah will need to prove it before IDP owners will take a chance on him again.
The Detroit Lions selected Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. He becomes only the fourth tight end in history to go in the top 10 picks. The Lions also selected Eric Ebron in the top 10 picks just a few years ago, but they saw him post a big season with the Colts in 2018. Detroit could really use some production at the position to help quarterback Matthew Stafford. Hockenson should be the clear top pass-catching rookie tight end. He has big upside, but be careful not to overvalue him in redraft leagues. Not only can Hockenson catch passes, but he's also an excellent blocker.