|Offense||17th||103.1 (21st)||243.8 (10th)|
|Defense||31st||115.9 (21st)||284.4 (32nd)|
|39||Agnew, Jamal||WR||5-10||190||4/3/1995||4||San Diego|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||185||11/2/1985||12||Texas Tech|
|45||Cabinda, Jason||FB||6-1||235||3/17/1996||2||Penn State|
|58||Collins, Jamie||OLB||6-3||255||10/20/1989||8||Southern Miss|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||310||4/9/1993||5||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||318||8/23/1993||5||Ohio State|
|38||Ford, Mike||CB||6-0||198||8/4/1995||3||Southeast Missouri State|
|19||Golladay, Kenny||WR||6-4||214||11/3/1993||4||Northern Illinois|
|25||Harris, Will||FS||6-1||207||12/19/1995||2||Boston College|
|73||Jackson, Jonah||G||6-4||312||2/5/1997||R||Ohio State|
|83||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||255||6/4/1994||6||Penn State|
|52||Jones, Christian||OLB||6-3||250||2/18/1991||7||Florida State|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SAF||6-2||222||5/10/1993||5||Southern Utah|
|34||McRae, Tony||CB||5-10||185||3/5/1993||4||North Carolina A&T|
|49||Moore, C.J.||SAF||5-11||195||12/15/1995||2||Ole Miss|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||17||Texas A&M|
|30||Okudah, Jeff||CB||6-1||202||2/2/1999||R||Ohio State|
|95||Okwara, Romeo||DE||6-4||263||6/17/1995||5||Notre Dame|
|24||Oruwariye, Amani||CB||6-2||205||2/9/1996||2||Penn State|
|46||Bawden, Nick (IR)||RB||6-2||245||6/22/1996||3||San Diego State|
|86||Bryant, Hunter (IR)||TE||6-2||245||8/20/1998||R||Washington|
|96||Cornell, Jashon (IR)||DT||6-3||285||12/29/1996||R||Ohio State|
|99||Okwara, Julian (IR)||DE||6-4||250||12/27/1997||R||Notre Dame|
|13||Bolden, Victor||WR||5-8||178||4/4/1995||3||Oregon State|
|Dawkins, Dalyn||RB||5-7||183||12/26/1994||2||Colorado State|
|46||Elliott, Jalen||SAF||6-1||205||7/7/1998||R||Notre Dame|
|85||Kennedy, Tom||WR||5-10||190||7/29/1996||1||Bryant University|
|Martin, Kareem||OLB||6-6||262||2/19/1992||7||North Carolina|
|57||Pittman, Anthony||LB||6-3||240||11/24/1996||1||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|92||Strong, Kevin||DT||6-4||285||8/5/1996||2||Texas-San Antonio|
|36||Virgin, Dee||CB||5-9||195||10/29/1993||3||West Alabama|
|Whyte, Kerrith||RB||5-10||204||10/31/1996||2||Florida Atlantic|
|54||Wirtel, Steven||LS||6-4||227||10/3/1997||R||Iowa State|
Cabinda elevated to full participation Friday and is ready for a second straight divisional matchup. In the season opener, he played 18 percent of offensive snaps, but he's more of a special teams contributor than anything else.
A 2015 first-round pick, Shelton never quite lived up to expectations in Cleveland but had a career year for the Patriots in 2019, recording 61 tackles and three sacks on 492 defensive snaps. The 345-pound space eater now heads to Detroit as a replacement for Damon Harrison, who was released by the Lions in February.
Roberts' role could take a hit with Desmond Trufant (hamstring) returning to the lineup, especially considering Roberts has allowed a 125.4 passer rating and two touchdowns when targeted this year. If he does indeed lose reps, it'll be because rookie first-rounder Jeff Okudah stepped up in the No. 3 CB role.
Selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2016 draft, Ragland suffered an ACL injury during his first training camp and was traded to Kansas City a year later. He went on to start 32 of his 42 games the past three seasons, but he largely served as an early down specialist, recording 160 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception. The 26-year-old linebacker isn't likely to establish IDP value in Detroit, but he could push Jarrad Davis, Christian Jones or Jalen Reeves-Maybin for playing time. Jamie Collins is the only Lions linebacker that can safely be projected for a three-down role.
Both Vaitai and Tyrell Crosby dealt with cramps during Sunday's win over the Jaguars in the scorching Florida heat, but both players were absent from the injury report. Now healthy, expect Vaitai to assume his usual starting role at right guard for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
There was hope for more effective play from Davis in 2020 after he bulked up over the offseason, but the results haven't been pretty through two games into the 2020 season. On Sunday, Davis' 46 snaps significantly trailed that of Jahlani Tavai (59), and Davis saw three missed tackles go on his ledger while allowing both pass attempts with him in primary coverage to be completed, per Pro Football Focus. Any hope of Davis become an IDP factor is seemingly a pipe dream at this point.
The nature of Okwara's injury remains unclear, but he won't be eligible to suit up again until Nov. 15 against Washington at the earliest.
Though Swift skated to an 8.3 yards-per-carry average with two rushing scores last week in a drubbing of the Jaguars, future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson still handled over 50 percent of the RB carries during Week 7. Swift has been consistently garnering more involvement in the passing game, out-targeting his veteran mentor by a 5-1 tally Sunday, though it appears Detroit is committed to working in Peterson as a key part of the ground game. The upcoming Week 8 matchup against Indianapolis is prohibitive for Lions backs in general, as the Colts are allowing a 3.5 yards-per-carry average to opposing backs this season with only three rushing scores surrendered.
It remains unclear whether Elliott actually tested positive for COVID-19 or if he was simply exposed, but he has finally been cleared to return to the field after nearly two weeks sidelined. He is looking to earn a spot on the team's final roster providing depth at strong safety.
Skipper was waived off IR with an injury settlement by the Lions earlier this season but appears back to full health. The 25-year-old will provide depth at offensive line on the practice squad.
Stafford had committed an interception in consecutive outings entering Sunday's matchup, but he cleaned up his act by gifting zero giveaways to Atlanta in Week 7. Stafford's passing total towered over his preexisting season average of 248 passing yards per game, though he was held to just one passing TD for the third time in six starts. Stafford's Week 8 opponent, Indianapolis, entered Sunday allowing the second-fewest passing TDs in the NFL with seven.
Agnew didn't get a rushing attempt after logging one in each of the two games before the Lions' Week 5 bye. However, like Marvin Hall, Agnew at least remains a part of the game plan unlike Week 1 target monster Quintez Cephus. The return specialist will look to make a big play in Week 7 against a Falcons defense that is allowing the most yards per pass attempt (8.6) in 2020.
Okudah wasn't ready to make his NFL debut in Week 1, but the third-overall pick appears good to go this Sunday against the Packers. The 21-year-old has a tough task ahead after Aaron Rodgers torched Minnesota's young secondary in the season opener, so this will be a good gauge of where the rookie stands. His responsibilities could be heightened if Desmond Trufant (hamstring) can't go after starting the practice week as a nonparticipant.
Apparently saving his best for last, Harris had a productive game that included a huge third-down sack of quarterback Aaron Rodgers that forced a Green Bay punt. In turn, the third-round rookie will finish his first professional season with 43 tackles, one sack and three PBUs in 16 games. With Tavon Wilson set to become an unrestricted free agent, it's possible Harris could open the 2020 campaign as a clear-cut starter next to Tracy Walker. However, there's a good chance Detroit re-signs Wilson this offseason despite the soon-to-be 30-year-old's advanced age, which would probably limit Harris' upside even if the youngster secures a starting role.
Griffen had been one of the few quality performers on a struggling Dallas defense this season, logging 2.5 sacks and 20 tackles through seven games. Since Griffen was playing on an expiring deal and the Cowboys recently returned another defensive end in Randy Gregory from suspension, Dallas apparently viewed the 32-year-old as an expendable piece. The addition of Griffen should provide a much-needed boost to Detroit's pass rush, but he won't be eligible to make his Lions debut until Week 9 in Minnesota while he waits to clear COVID-19 intake testing protocols, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Penisini is yet another Utah defender to get drafted, joining Bradlee Anae among Utes to go on Day 3. A defensive tackle, Penisini can generate a pass rush up the middle, having racked up 7.0 sacks in each of the last two seasons. He's 6-foot-1 and 318 pounds and will be sturdy against the run even if his athletic traits prevent him from carrying the pass rush success from college to the next level.
Bolden spent training camp with the Lions but was cut from the practice squad in early September. The 25-year-old wide receiver banked 15 NFL games over his first three seasons and mainly contributed as a kick returner.
Harmon spent the first seven years of his career serving as a rotational safety in New England, serving as the team's No. 3 option in recent seasons. The 29-year-old will now reunite with coach Matt Patricia in Detroit, where he stands to spend the summer competing for a starting safety gig opposite Tracy Walker. It remains likely, of course, that the Lions will bring in additional competition as the offseason continues.
Though Golladay was held without a touchdown for a second consecutive outing, he has totaled 219 receiving yards on 10 combined catches the past two weeks. The offensive workload has, non surprisingly, remained consistent for the reigning Pro Bowler, as he's averaged seven targets per game through four appearances. Golladay has paced the team in receiving each of those four outings, but an upcoming matchup against Indianapolis' No. 2 pass defense restricts his upside for Week 8.
Trufant was unable to practice all week, and he'll sit out against his former team as a result. He'll hope to dress for the first time since Week 4 when the Lions travel to Indianapolis in Week 8.
Hockenson snared a game-tying 11-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford as time expired, with Matt Prater clinching the win for Detroit by way of a 48-yard extra point. The 2019 No. 8 overall draft choice has tallied a TD in three consecutive games, though he was held under 20 receiving yards in two of those outings. Hockenson has enjoyed a healthy workload of 5.2 targets per game, but a Week 8 matchup against Indianapolis is prohibitive. The Colts are yet to surrender a tight end TD in 2020 and also have allowed the second-fewest receptions to the position (17).
Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said this week that he needed to find creative ways to get Jones more involved in the game plan, and during Week 7 that effort was visible. Jones finished one notch behind Kenny Golladay for the team lead in targets, while his 80 receiving yards marked a season high. The 30-year-old totaled just 17 yards over Detroit's preceding two games combined entering Sunday, but evidently there does exist a reality in which Jones and Golladay can cohabitate as viable fantasy football assets this season. The Lions will next face a Colts defense that ranks behind only Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh in DVOA but that has already surrendered six TDs to opposing WRs on the year.
The 24-year-old was activated off injured reserve Saturday after missing the first five games of the season for undisclosed reasons, but he won't be in uniform Sunday. Even when active, Scarbrough figures to play a minimal offensive role while Adrian Peterson, D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson remain healthy.
The 24-year-old center played 100 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps Weeks 1 through 4, but he suffered a groin injury during Wednesday's practice and had to be held out entirely for Thursday's session. Ragnow was able to log partial participation Friday, and he will be active for a Lions offensive line that ranks bottom 10 in sacks allowed (three per game) and stuffed rate (19 percent, per Football Outsiders).
Williams upgraded to a full practice Friday after a pair of limited sessions to start the week, clearing him for the Lions' Week 3 trip to Arizona. He recorded two tackles in his Detroit debut against the Bears before sitting out Week 2 against the Packers.
Tavai had a solid rookie campaign with 58 total tackles, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble, though he missed the season finale after picking up a shoulder injury. The Lions declined Davis' fifth-year option for 2021 this spring, so Tavai could make a push for the starting job with a strong showing in camp.
Prater practically won this game for Detroit, first capping off one of the Lions' only successful drives in the first half with a 50-yard field goal as the second quarter expired. Prater then made another from 51 yards out in the third, uncharacteristically missed a go-ahead FGA from 46 in the fourth, then later redeemed himself with a successful 49-yard go-ahead field goal as well as the walk-off PAT that happened to be from 48 yards out due to penalties. Prater has now attempted at least four field goals in three of six games in 2020 and he will remain amongst the highest-upside fantasy options when the Lions take on the Colts in Week 8.
McRae notched a career-high 22 tackles (17 solo) to go with one defended pass across 16 games with the Bengals last season, and he'll now add depth to Detroit's secondary. The 26-year-old stands to do most of his damage with the Lions on special teams.
The Lions cut Williams from their practice squad last week, but he'll have a new opportunity in Washington following news that Bryce Love (knee) has been placed on IR. Last season with the Colts, Williams rushed 49 times for 235 yards (4.8 YPC) and a touchdown.
This is a tough break for Bawden, as he'll be placed on injured reserve for the second time in three seasons. It's unclear as to the specifics of the injury, but the 2018 seventh-round pick will reside on IR barring an injury settlement with the club. Bawden saw action in 10 games in 2019 while playing on offense and special teams, catching four passes for 17 yards.
Against an Atlanta defense that boasts Pro Bowler Grady Jarrett as the anchor of its line, Peterson averaged a season-low 2.6 yards per carry during Week 7. Though it was a disappointing outing for the four-time All-Pro -- and the Lions' rushing game as a whole for that matter -- it appears that Peterson is a fixture of the Detroit ground attack going forward. He's had double-digit carries in every game but one so far this season as well as TDs in two of his past three appearances heading into a Week 8 matchup against the Colts.
Strong was called up to the active roster ahead of Sunday's loss to the Packers, playing in 13 of the 73 defensive snaps. He'll now return to the practice squad but could be called upon again if the Lions need some defensive line depth ahead of gameday.
Martin appeared in just five regular-season contests in 2019 due to a knee injury, notching six tackles (three solo). His release frees up $4.8 million in 2020 cap space for the Giants while leaving $1.2 million in dead money. The 28-year-old will now look to latch on elsewhere in the league ahead of training camp.
The 24-year-old had been beleaguered by hamstring and calf injuries over the first month of the season, playing in just one of the Lions' first four games. A Week 5 bye permitted Moore the opportunity to heal up, and he will now assist Detroit in pursuit of its second win of the season. In his lone appearance Week 2, Moore fielded 63 percent of the special-teams workload, though he did not receive a single defensive snap.
Ford has practiced for two weeks without a setback, and he'll return to the lineup Sunday against the Falcons. The 25-year-old cornerback is in line for his season debut, but due to the offseason reinforcements at the position, it's unlikely that Ford plays much on defense.
Bryant has been bothered by both a concussion and a hamstring injury, and the depth tight end will have to sit out for at least three weeks as a result. He can return Nov. 8 against Minnesota at the earliest, and Detroit may opt to bring in another tight end behind T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James in the meantime.
Bryant didn't participate in training camp, and this was his first time on the practice field this season. The 2019 fourth-round pick has been dealing with a pectoral injury, but it appears he could make a return to the lineup soon. Trey Flowers (ankle) and Da'Shawn Hand are the Lions' starting defensive ends, but once he's healthy, Bryant will battle for leftover reps with Romeo Okwara.
Detroit played some its best defense of the season Sunday against a solid Saints offense, and Collins played a large role in any success the unit had. Considering the 29-year-old has the potential to contribute in run support, as a pass-rusher or in pass coverage, Collins should remain an interesting IDP prospect throughout the year.
Jones has played at least 63 percent of defensive snaps in every game this season and is slated for a similar role Sunday despite being banged up. His IDP outlook remains low, however, as the 29-year-old linebacker has recorded just 10 tackles (five solo) and a pass breakup through three games.
Kearse was handed a three-game suspension in July for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but he's eligible to return to action in Week 4 against the Jaguars. The Clemson product played 15 games for the Vikings last year and recorded 28 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception while averaging 18.3 snaps per game. Kearse will likely start out in a reserve role with an opportunity to climb the depth chart.
Muhlbach is thus set to return to Detroit for a 16th consecutive season as the team's long snapper. The 37-year-old has appeared in 228 career games for Detroit, the second-highest total in team history.
The 23-year-old will be sidelined for at least three weeks due to the undisclosed injury. Whyte joined Detroit's practice squad in early September after being waived by Pittsburgh.
Down 34-14 in the fourth quarter, Hall capped off a 75-yard drive for the Lions by snagging his first touchdown of the year. However, his playing time (17 of 59 offensive snaps) again massively trailed that of interim No. 3 receiving Quintez Cephus (39 snaps) in the continued absence of Kenny Golladay (hamstring). Seemingly set in his role as a rotational deep threat, Hall will remain an unreliable bet for production even if Golladay suits up for Week 3's matchup with Arizona.
Cornell suffered a serious Achilles' injury during practice Tuesday and his season is now more than likely over. The former Ohio State Buckeye was a seventh-round selection by the Lions in April and figured to compete for a depth role along the defensive line in 2020.
Hand will avoid missing time with a chest injury that popped up this week. The 24-year-old defensive end should resume starting duties, where he's registered six tackles (four solo) through three games.
Virgin was a strong special teams performer for the Lions last season, playing a team-high 360 snaps in 2019, so it's a bit of a surprise that he failed to make the active roster. However, he will remain with the team on the practice squad with hopes of getting called up should the team suffer any injuries in the secondary.
Coleman has resided on injured reserve since suffering the hamstring issue in Week 1, and he'll now have a chance to return beginning Week 7. Whenever the Tennessee product is ready and activated by the Lions, he'll likely contribute as a depth or slot cornerback as long as he stays healthy.
The Lions appear comfortable with their running back rotation after D'Andre Swift's breakout game Week 6, so they're cutting loose the practice squad depth. The third-year pro will seek a practice squad role elsewhere. He has 11 career NFL rushes for 26 yards.
Nauta has made appearances in consecutive games for Detroit following the team's Week 5 bye, meaning the door remains open for him to return in the near future. The 23-year-old fielded 18 offensive snaps without tallying a reception in his season debut against the Jaguars, and this past Sunday against the Falcons he recorded a three-yard catch. Nauta may fluctuate on and off the active roster this season depending upon need, but that's only as long as another NFL team doesn't try to nab him off the Lions' practice squad.
Flowers has improved with each passing day in practice, going from no practice Wednesday to a limited session Thursday before upgrading to a full practice Friday. As a result, he'll be out there Sunday looking to build on his season total of two sacks.
Kennedy had a solid training camp but ultimately came up short of making the active roster, as the team decided to only retain six wideouts. He'll remain with the club as a member of the practice squad for the time being.
Walker continues to be a tackling machine this season, as he now has 23 tackles on the year. After playing in limited snaps in Week 2, Walker was back on track Sunday as he did not miss a single defensive snap alongside fellow safety Duron Harmon. The young safety will now shift his focus to Sunday's matchup with the Saints.
Daniel spent the past two seasons in Chicago, where he started three games and completed 70.0 percent of his passes for 6.8 yards per attempt, with six touchdowns, four interceptions and 16 sacks. The 33-year-old dump-off artist appears mediocre even by backup QB standards, but he'll at least be an upgrade on last year's disastrous combination of Jeff Driskel (hamstring) and David Blough in Detroit. The Lions expect starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) to return to health this spring.
Okwara continues to make key plays for the Lions, as he strip-sacked Matt Ryan last in the fourth quarter, setting up a go-ahead field goal for the Lions just a couple of minutes later. The Notre Dame product now has four sacks and 10 quarterback pressures this season, and he's handled at least 50 percent of the defensive workload in five straight games. He'll look to keep it rolling Week 8 against the Colts, but he'll have a tougher matchup because Philip Rivers has been sacked on just 2.5 percent of dropbacks.
Most of Detroit's linebackers are primarily the downhill type, but Reeves-Maybin (6-foot, 230 pounds) has a different skillset that could be useful to the Lions on passing downs. Considering Reeves-Maybin distinguished himself as arguably Detroit's best special teams player in 2019, any added utility on defense would seemingly make the 25-year-old a lock for the 53-man roster.
Herron spent the 2018 season on the Patriots' practice squad. The 25-year-old has yet to see any regular-season NFL action since going undrafted out of LSU in 2018.
Decker secured a major payday and is now the eighth highest-paid left tackle in the NFL, and is locked in through the 2025 season. The Lions are starting to acquire encouraging talent through the draft and free agency, and Decker will be a major piece of their rebuild.
Cephus attracted 13 combined targets Weeks 1 and 2, including a gargantuan 10 targets during the season-opening loss to Chicago, but his offensive involvement has completely fallen by the wayside with the return of Kenny Golladay to the lineup. The reigning Pro Bowl wideout sat out Detroit's first two contests of the year because of a hamstring injury, but with that issue having been cleared upon Golladay's Sept. 27 return against Arizona, Cephus has been relegated to a healthy-scratch designation for the first time in 2020.
Martin missed the entirety of the 2018 with a toe injury, but he's been able to play all three preseason games.
Both Crosby and Halapoulivaati Vaitai dealt with cramps during Sunday's win over the Jaguars in the scorching Florida heat, but both players were absent from the injury report. Crosby will return to his usual starting role at right tackle now that he appears to be fully healthy.
Most of Amendola's production came on a 36-yard catch in the second quarter where the veteran got open and made a short gain much longer. Considering Amendola still hasn't topped four targets in a game since Kenny Golladay returned from injury, he will not be an advisable fantasy option when Detroit takes on a tough Colts secondary in Week 8.
Johnson was on the field for 14 of 62 offensive snaps. While that wasn't all that far off of Adrian Peterson (19), Peterson was given 11 carries and both veterans watched as D'Andre Swift (28) saw a season-high share (45 percent) of the playing time. With Bo Scarbrough now activated from injured reserve, there doesn't appear to be anywhere for Johnson's stock to go but further down unless he is moved before the Nov. 3 trade deadline.
Blough was on the Lions' practice squad after getting cut in September, and according to Chris Burke of The Athletic, the Lions made this move because the Cowboys were looking to sign Blough. The Purdue product completed just 54 percent of his passes for 5.7 yards per attempt over five games last year. He will operate as the No. 3 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Chase Daniel.