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Former Detroit Lions prospect survives plane crash into his home

Former Detroit Lions prospect Kole Heckendorf is “blessed” to be alive after a plane crashed into his Minnesota home Friday.

Heckendorf, 28, signed to the Lions’ practice squad in October 2009 and then was signed to a futures contract in January 2010 but was cut that May. The North Dakota State alumnus also has had short stays with the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

On Friday, he was home alone in Sauk Rapids, Minn., around 8:30 p.m. when he was knocked off of his feet by an explosion, according to the Dickinson (N.D.) Press. A small plane had hit his house, killing both people aboard, plus Heckendorf’s dog, Storm.

“I yelled (for Storm), but there was no chance,” he told the Press.

Coincidentally, Heckendorf had planned to move within the next couple of weeks.

“Basically, we just watched all our stuff burn,” Heckendorf said. “Everything we own is gone.”

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June 25th, 2014, 8:46 am
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Unless you have a very fragile QB1 or a strong developmental QB3 I've never been a big fan of carrying 3 QBs. You lose your franchise QB and your season is practically done, you lose your top 2 for any extended period of time and the season is over... IMO Moore is a waste of a roster spot.

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Jim Caldwell's history suggests Detroit Lions may not roster 3 quarterbacks

PARK -- Two quarterbacks or three?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to constructing an NFL roster, as 14 of the league's 32 teams carried just a pair of signal-callers to begin the 2013 season.

The Detroit Lions historically have had three QBs on the roster, but new coach Jim Caldwell's background suggests the team may only employ two on the 53-man roster when the Lions open the season against the New York Giants on Sept. 8.

In 10 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-11, Caldwell's clubs carried three quarterbacks to open the year four times. That includes 2011, when the team kept an injured Peyton Manning on the active roster for the majority of the season.

In the six previous campaigns, the Colts started the season with three quarterbacks just once.

Caldwell spent the past two seasons with Baltimore. Both years, the Ravens rolled with just two QBs.

"Every team's different," Caldwell said. "I've been on some teams where we only had two. I've been on teams where we had three. There have been certain situations where we thought about having four, so it just depends. Every team is different, so we'll look at this one as we start to narrow it down and we'll see where we are."

Even with his history, the veteran coach acknowledges the risk of going with just two quarterbacks.

"It's tough to go into these days, this day and age, with the way in which our game is, without a third quarterback," Caldwell said. "I mean, it's difficult, but like I said, I've had a couple places where we've had a couple iron men."

Despite two injury-shortened seasons to start his career, the Lions have found that iron-man quality in Matthew Stafford. He's started 48 consecutive games coming into this season, a franchise record for the position.

Behind Stafford, Detroit has veteran Dan Orlovsky, Kellen Moore and undrafted rookie James Franklin.

The team signed Orlovsky to a one-year deal this offseason, which carries $125,000 in guarantees. He has handled the majority of second-team reps through the early stages of the offseason.

Moore, who has been the team's third-string option the past two seasons, has continued in that role during OTAs and minicamp.

If the Lions do keep just two quarterbacks, whether it be Orlovsky or Moore, Franklin could provide additional depth as a member of the team's practice squad.

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video on NFL.com:

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Eric Ebron is expected to move around in the Detroit Lions' offense and, as a rookie, is getting fully initiated into how overwhelming learning multiple positions can be.








"I've been everywhere and that is what's killing me," the rookie tight end told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast. "I'm used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it's the Y, the F, the Z."

Despite being tossed into the deep end, Ebron said he hasn't asked coaches to slow down for him.

"Coach just tells me, 'I understand, you're going to get through it ... we are doing it for a purpose,'" Ebron said. "It's really hard, but I'm not going to say I'm not enjoying it or not having fun doing it because I know the more I learn the faster I'm able to play, the faster I'm able to produce."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound rookie is expected to produce as a move tight end in coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense.

Tucker asked Ebron to break down how much he expects to be lined up in the slot and inside as a blocker.

"Fifty percent in the slot, 40 percent with my hand in the ground, 10 percent in the backfield," Ebron said.

When asked to add in how much he'd line up out wide, the rookie did some math.












"So now if you wanna do that ... it'll be 50, 30, 15, 5," he said.

Regardless of how accurate Ebron's self-projections will be once pads are on, the point is he's expecting to block a good amount from the inline and backfield positions. His blocking skills were his biggest question mark entering the NFL.

"Oh I'm going to block some people," he said. "Coach keeps telling me, 'Look, here we're receiving tight ends, but we are going to be good at everything, we're going to block some people. I was like, 'Coach, I ain't got no problem with it ... I'll tear somebody's head off, but if I get my head torn off I'm comin' back to you, because you put me in that situation.'"

The Lions hope the rookie evolves into the tearer and less the tearee during his rookie season.


looks like he is going to have more of a T.E. roll than i was expecting.

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July 1st, 2014, 12:18 pm
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5 areas where Detroit Lions should improve in 2014

Training camp is fast approaching, and with it, speculation about how the Detroit Lions will fare in 2014.

Trying to project an NFL season is a fool's errand, but here are five areas where the Lions are bound to improve from last season.

Ball security
The Lions led the league in drops, drop percentage and fumbles last season. Had the team performed to league averages, it would have resulted in 15 fewer passes hitting the ground and seven fewer turnovers.

Sure, some of the familiar culprits remain on the roster in Reggie Bush and Brandon Pettigrew, but the addition of sure-handed Golden Tate, the potential return of Ryan Broyles and the healed fingers of Calvin Johnson, should led to a decrease in drop rate.

As for the fumbles, 20 percent of them came in the blizzard-like conditions in Philadelphia. Bush also lost a career-high four fumbles in 2013, something that will improve or lead to the dynamic veteran getting an earlier hook from a less patient coaching staff.

Special team blunders
Detroit's special teams took a significant step forward under new coordinator John Bonamego last season, but the unit also committed a handful of game-altering blunders.

In a 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit had a field-goal blocked and rookie Sam Martin shanked a punt in the closing minute, allowing the Bengals to get into field-goal range for the game-winner.

The Lions had three other kicks -- a punt, an extra point and a second field goal -- blocked in 2013. Plus, who can forget the ill-advised fake field goal against the Steelers, which shifted the momentum in that loss.

Matthew Stafford improvement
Stafford had a down year in 2013, in part to the drops mentioned above. But some of those struggles were the result of the quarterback's inconsistent mechanics and occasionally questionable decision-making.

With a coaching staff dedicated to refining Stafford's technique, and an improved arsenal of weapons, it would be stunning if the Lions' franchise quarterback didn't take a step forward with his accuracy this season, while dropping his interception rate.

Interceptions from the cornerbacks
Chris Houston was the only Lions cornerback to record an interception last season, plucking two from the opposition. He also led the group with two in 2012. Now, he's gone.

Still, the Lions should be able to generate more turnovers on the outside.

Darius Slay was shut out as a rookie, but he had five interceptions his final season at Mississippi State. Teryl Austin's aggressive coverage scheme, relying more on press-man, plays to Slay's strengths and should led to more interception opportunities. The same can be said for third-year nickelback Bill Bentley.

Another key factor will be Austin's propensity to blitz. The multiple fronts and pressure packages the Lions will utilize should led to more rushed and errant throws, at least compared to previous seasons.

Fewer flags
Under Jim Schwartz, the Lions were consistently among the most-penalized teams in the NFL. Jim Caldwell's squads, on the other hand, have traditionally ranked near the bottom in penalty yardage. He doesn't tolerate a lack of discipline, especially when those mistakes come after the whistle.

Before you get too excited, remember, fewer penalties doesn't correlate to success. In 2011, Caldwell's Colts were the NFL's least penalized team, yet barely escaped an 0-16 campaign. The Seattle Seahawks drew the most flags last season, by a significant margin, yet managed to win the Super Bowl.

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The Lions added a veteran offensive lineman less than two weeks before the start of training camp, signing former Atlanta Falcons guard Garrett Reynolds.

A fifth-round pick by the Falcons in 2009, Reynolds started 23 games over the last three seasons, including 10 in 2013.

Atlanta released Reynolds in February to save nearly $1 million in salary cap space. Reynolds also visited the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys in free agency.

Reynolds’ representation, Allegiant Athletic Agency, announced the deal with the Lions on Twitter. The Lions have not announced a corresponding player move to make room for Reynolds on the roster.

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The Lions added a veteran offensive lineman less than two weeks before the start of training camp, signing former Atlanta Falcons guard Garrett Reynolds.

A fifth-round pick by the Falcons in 2009, Reynolds started 23 games over the last three seasons, including 10 in 2013.

Atlanta released Reynolds in February to save nearly $1 million in salary cap space. Reynolds also visited the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys in free agency.

Reynolds’ representation, Allegiant Athletic Agency, announced the deal with the Lions on Twitter. The Lions have not announced a corresponding player move to make room for Reynolds on the roster.


Im a little hesistant about why Dallas passed on him. Their line was pretty shameful last i checked. Hopefully it was his decision not to play for them if not.......im a little concerned.

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July 17th, 2014, 3:02 pm
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Dallas picked Zach Martin in the first round (3rd OL first round pick in the last 4 years), he is projected to start at left guard this season. They are set at LT and C for years, Free needs to bounce back at RT. It is the RG spot that is a problem, they have some talent but a lot of inconsistency there but think they could have used Reynolds in the mix there.

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Dallas picked Zach Martin in the first round (3rd OL first round pick in the last 4 years), he is projected to start at left guard this season. They are set at LT and C for years, Free needs to bounce back at RT. It is the RG spot that is a problem, they have some talent but a lot of inconsistency there but think they could have used Reynolds in the mix there.



I knew you'd be the one to correct my thinking! thank you! i feel better about him. I dont know anything about him, you think he is a step up for an ailing Simms?

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