Episode #20: Welcome Brett Whitefield!

Brett Whitefield of Pro Football Focus joins Erik and Joe as their first ever guest!…

Thanks again for Brett for joining us, check out his Twitter at @BrettWhitefield

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Episode #19: The Italian Super Bowl of Episodes

Not so quiet on the football front this week as Calvin Johnson generated some Lions related content…

  • Calvin now says the Lions losing ways were the cause of his retirement
  • Erik and Joe discuss a Mike Payton article from Pride of Detroit about the Lions Secret Weapon (Joe and Erik call it “Superstar” for some reason)
  • Kent Platte of Pride of Detroit delves into whether the Lions receivers will be better in 2017, Joe and Erik aren’t so sure
  • A round of Ebron quotes
  • An MLive poll asks which Lions reclamation project will have the most success in 2017
  • Erik and Joe take another look at the roster stack
  • Another peek at the mailbag
  • Erik has another round of questions for Joe, this time on the ages of the Lions
  • Who were the greatest players Joe and Erik saw in college

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Episode #18: Flying Under the Radar

Happy Belated 4th of July, most of the other Lions podcasts took the week off, so Erik and Joe are doing their best to shoulder the load…

  • A poll on Draft Wire asked who was the Lions best draft pick from 2017, Erik breaks it down
  • Joe and Erik compare their lists of the 5 under the radar Lions who could make an impact in 2017 (also comparing to Tim Twentyman’s list)
  • A few news stories surfaced with the Lions getting some national love (Rick Gosslin’s power rankings)
  • The boys answer a bunch of questions from the mailbag
  • Joe tries to guess between Founding Fathers and Ex-Lions
  • NOTE: Take a look at Erik’s latest column

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Episode #17: Legal Woes and Congenital Defects

Lions news has continued to grind to a halt here in late June, still Erik and Joe find a way to squeeze blood out of the proverbial rock…

  • Tavon Wilson is facing a lawsuit in civil court
  • Former Lion Nick Fairley’s heart condition might end his career
  • LB Zach Orr looking to unretire, visited the Lions on Thursday, Erik even wrote an article about it
  • The boys answer a couple of questions from Nathan and Sean
  • Which Barry Sanders run was the greatest and most memorable
  • Erik talks about the Lions and their utilization of analytics
  • Kent Platte from Pride of Detroit gathered a bunch of data from the 50 mock drafts already for 2018, Erik and Joe glance at the list
  • Joe tries to guess statistics on the NFL Top 100 list

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Episode #16: Top 10 Lions Not Named Stafford

Another slow week in Allen Park, but that gives Erik and Joe time to talk contract extensions and top 10 lists…

  • Congratulations to listener Andy Dombrowski and his triumph on the F-Word
  • Kenny Golladay finally signs his rookie deal
  • Eric Decker will not find his way to Detroit
  • Contract details for Greg Robinson and Cyrus Kouandijo
  • Evaluating Khyri Thornton’s suspension
  • The team and Glover Quin begin extension talks
  • Yet another Matthew Stafford contract update (another domino falls in the saga with Derek Carr’s extension)
  • Rookie recap
    • Jarrad Davis seeing all the time at the MIKE
    • Jalen Tabor has been making plays
    • Jalen Reeves-Maybin has been showing off athletic ability
    • Jamal Agnew is trying to utilize his versatility
    • Jeremiah Ledbetter has a better chance of making the squad with Thornton’s suspension
    • Pat O’Connor looks quick
    • Kenny Golladay does not drop passes
    • Michael Roberts is delivering what Erik thought he’d deliver
    • Brad Kaaya seems miles behind Jake Rudock
  • The Lions have one player (Stafford at #31) on the NFL Top 100 list, could there eventually be more?
  • Erik and Joe evaluate who they think are the Lions top 10 most important non-QBs after SI and MMQB released their lists
  • Joe answers a few, “Who’s Got More?”

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Episode #15: Who Replaces Taylor Decker?

“Mandatory mini-camp” has wrapped up and questions have still not been answered…

  • When might Taylor Decker return?
  • Greg Robinson and his late night plane flight
  • Cyrus Kouandijo also signs up to fill the Decker absence
  • Tony Hills adds to the who’s who of new tackles
  • Three players released to make room for the new big men (LS Landes, OT Uzdavinis, and OG Bozick)
  • DTs Ego Ferguson and Bruce Gaston replace Maurice Swain and Nick Perry on the roster
  • Keeping on the Decker theme, would the Lions benefit from signing Eric Decker?
  • Ziggy Ansah extension talk
  • Updates from “Mandatory mini-camp”
    • Injuries
    • Joe Dahl on 1st team at LT
    • Leo Kolomatangi on 2nd team at C
    • Robert Tonyan = T-Bron
    • Darrin Fells needing to do more than block
    • Golladay and Abberderris
    • Jamal Agnew looking good
    • Kick Returners
    • Quandre Diggs
    • Adarius Barnes
  • Hopefully the last discussion about Calvin Johnsons returned signing bonus

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Episode #14: What’s Going On?

Week 2 of OTAs were this week and little moves and notes abound…

  • Matt Asiata signed
  • Michael Burton has been waived
  • Conner Bozick brought into the fold
  • Brandon Chubb was cut and once he thought he was out, he was pulled back in
  • An increase in cap room
  • In OTAs…
    • Golladay continues to impress
    • Rudock showing more arm strength
    • Ryan Spadola making a case for a WR 4/5 spot
    • Riddick sprinting on the sidelines
    • The situation returning kicks
  • A deep dive on Ameer Abdullahs Lisfranc injury
  • This week in Lions history with the appearance of a Detroit music legend
  • A few questions from the mailbag

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Episode #13: Putting Cover Sheets on our OTA Reports

OTAs were in full swing this week, Erik and Joe talk about all that, say goodbye to another Lions great and dip back into the mailbag…

  • Happy retirement to Detroit Lions Radio
  • Sad to hear news of Wayne Walkers passing
  • Disgruntled Calvin Johnson
  • The rules changes for 2017, Joe Fauria must be displeased he’s no longer in the league
  • In OTAs…
    • Ameer Abdullah is now participating with contact
    • A battle is raging for the last 3 WR spots
    • Eric Ebron is showing Michael Roberts the ropes
    • Graham Glasgow is taking all snaps at LG
    • Jarrad Davis is hogging all the snaps in the middle
    • Jalen Tabor just wants for us to see him play
    • Alex Carter is moving to safety
  • Interesting nerdy information about draft retention rates
  • A few questions from the mailbag
  • A trip down memory lane to 2006

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Episode #12: Goodbye Yale Lary

The Lions will be making some noise next week at the league meetings, Erik and Joe squeeze out some news and notes and check the mail…

  • Lion Hall of Famer Yale Lary passes away at 86
  • Joe is pleased that LaGarrette Blount has signed with the Eagles
  • Huge Sam Martin news!
  • Talk about extensions for Ebron and Stafford (Again)
  • Two impending rule changes
  • Erik and Joe take their 4th trip to the Rod Wood-shed
    • “Taste of the Lions”
    • Uniforms
    • NFL Draft in Detroit
    • Super Bowl bidding
  • They wrap it up by digging into the mailbag

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Episode #11: For Better, or Worse

A quiet week in Lions land, but there was still a lot for Erik and Joe to talk about…

  • A special thanks to Scott and Brock for giving us 5 star reviews on the Podcasts App!!
  • The Lions are already making cuts and keeping the roster under 90
  • Unsurprising Matthew Stafford contract extension talk
  • A sasquatch-like sighting of LaGarrette Blount at Metro Airport
  • Blount was May 9th tendered by the Pats, whatever that means
  • Jarrad Davis makes a way too early All-Rookie team
  • Gambling spreads and early season win-loss predictions
  • Are the Lions the team to supplant the Packers in the NFC North
  • Erik takes a look at the current roster vs. the one that took the field in Seattle and if the Lions are better or worse than they were 4 months ago
  • We wrap the show with some ancient personal history talk and thoughts on how to structure a Madden roster

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