Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 3:45 PM EST Dec 12, 2018 Jarrad Davis wasn’t buying what the Arizona Cardinals were selling. When Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen play-faked a handoff to David Johnson on a first-down play near midfield in the second quarter of the Lions’ 17-3 win over Arizona last week, Davis barely budged. Johnson trickled out of the backfield to the right side of the formation, and as Rosen looked left to his first read, then over the middle to his second, Davis kept drifting further toward the opposite sideline, like a lion stalking its prey waiting for just the right time to pounce. Rosen, his internal body clock ticking, finally pivoted to his right and threw to Johnson, who was greeted almost immediately by a bone-jarring hit from Davis. The ball came loose. Incomplete pass. And Davis celebrated by crawling to his feet and flexing for the crowd. Two plays later, Davis was at it again. He lined up in almost the same spot on the field, … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Jarrad Davis blossoming at position
Jason Bittel, The Washington Post Published 10:14 am PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 There's a sea lion killer on the loose in the Pacific Northwest. Or quite possibly several. Since September, the hulking carcasses of 18 of the aquatic predators have washed up on the Puget Sound shores of west Seattle and neighboring Kitsap County. A dozen contained bullets or shotgun pellets in the head, assassination-style, according to X-rays conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The remaining six may also have been victims of the shooting spree, but some drifted away in the tide before state veterinarians could perform a post-mortem. Another couldn't be X-rayed because it had been decapitated, and the heft of the body would have required a crane to haul the animal out of the water and into a facility where it could be more thoroughly examined. "It was definitely an intentional removal, a clean cut," said Casey McClean, a veterinary nurse and executive … [Read more...] about Sea lions have enemies. Now someone is shooting them in the head.
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 11:49 AM EST Dec 12, 2018 It’s mailbag time! Every week, Dave Birkett will answer your Detroit Lions questions. Send them via Twitter to @davebirkett or by email to [email protected] Q. If ziggy come back on a 1 year prove it deal would that be such a bad thing for detroit? - @matt3lawrence A. Good place to start here on this week’s mailbag since the Lions put Ziggy Ansah on injured reserve Tuesday, likely ending his career in Detroit. First, injuries are something no player can control. I get that Ziggy wasn’t on the field a lot the last few years, but you saw the emotion on his face when he hurt his shoulder again last Sunday. He didn’t ask to be hurt, he worked hard to come back, and it’s a tough reality when all that comes crashing down in what’s an absolutely brutal game. Ansah is a talented player, one of the best pass rushers in the NFL when healthy, but at going on 30 years old and with … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: Time to part ways with Ziggy Ansah
The Detroit News Published 11:21 AM EST Dec 12, 2018 Kentucky defensive end / linebacker Josh Allen is the pick for the Detroit Lions at No. 9 in the first 2019 NFL mock draft by ESPN’s Todd McShay. “Ezekiel Ansah might be done in Detroit, so let's fill that hole with Allen, who does just about everything,” McShay says. “He finished the regular season in the top 10 in college football in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. He'd be a beast coming off the edge in Motor City.” Allen (6-5, 260) led the Wildcats with 84 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks this season. He also had six quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles. The draft order for non-playoff teams will be established at the end of the regular season. Go here for McShay's complete first round mock draft and analysis. McShay has Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa going No. 1 to the Arizona Cardinals and Michigan DE Rashan Gary at No. 2 to the San Francisco 49ers. The first … [Read more...] about Lions get Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen in McShay’s mock
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 12, 2018 Conceptually, the Detroit Lions offense of December, 2018, looks nothing like the version that Jim Bob Cooter schemed up four months ago. In the last two weeks, the Lions have used an offensive guard at fullback, a blocking tight end as one of their primary vertical threats, and thrown their only touchdown pass to a 311-pound left tackle. While some of the NFL’s best teams have thrived because of their creative offenses, the Lions have been locked in survival mode after seeing their skill positions get decimated by trade and injuries. Kerryon Johnson hasn’t played in three weeks, Marvin Jones a month, Michael Roberts went on injured reserve Tuesday and Golden Tate played his last down as a Lion before Halloween. “Once you get to this point in the year, it’s not about philosophy, it’s about reality,” Cooter said. “It’s about going out there and trying to … [Read more...] about Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter: Reality dictates our offensive philosophy