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The 2005 off season has been anything but uneventful for the Detroit Lions. Matt Millen and Steve Mariucci have made several solid additions to this Detroit Lions team. They added talent to several areas on the roster through free agency. The 2005 NFL draft brought a pair of play-makers, and depth for the Lions. Now the Lions are just one of the NFL teams scrambling to find talent that did not hear their names called on the second day of the draft. A positional walkthrough at Wide Receiver, Tight End, Running Back, Quarter Back, and the Offensive Line is in order to bring everyone up to date on where the Lions have added there talent and depth to the 2005 offensive roster.

Wide Receivers:

Mike Williams: The Detroit Lions 10th overall selection in the 2005 draft. There may not have been a better physical specimen in the entire draft. He is unique and his biggest asset as a football player is his physical nature and strength, which is not what you typically see in a Wide Receiver(6 foot 5 and 235 pounds ). There are not many corners in the NFL that will match up one on one with Williams. He has great hands, and adds a huge red zone threat. He caught 30 touch downs in two years at USC which is the all time school record, and ranks fourth all time list in receptions with 176.

Charles Rogers: The 2nd overall pick in 2003 continues to add bulk and size and is said to be fully recovered from the injury that plagued him his first two seasons. Rogers collarbone broke in separate spots and is thought of as a freak incident. The former MSU standout with 4.37 speed has matured and is anxious to prove his worth this season. Rogers first two NFL touchdowns were also his first two catches.He ended his 2003 campaign with 22 catches for 243 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has the rare ability to beat people deep and make big plays.

Roy Williams: The 7th overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft broke rookie records in receptions(54) yards(817) and touchdowns . Roy suffered from an ankle injury for most of the second half of the 2004 season and had off-season surgery. He is reportedly back at full strength, is route running and making his cuts again. The former Texas Longhorn has the ideal speed (4.4), and size (6 foot 3 215 pounds) to be a NFL receiver.

Kevin Johnson: A seven year NFL veteran, Johnson has started 77 games. He has collected 367 receptions for 4,462 yards (12.2 average) and 25 touchdowns. He brings veteran leadership and replaces Az Hakim as the slot receiver. Millen has stated that Kevin will be used in 4 receiver sets, hinting that he is primarily an insurance policy. Not a bad insurance policy considering he would be a number 2 on many NFL teams rosters.

Tight End:

Marcus Pollard: from the Indianapolis Colts signed a 3 year deal with the lions. At 6foot3 and 247 pounds this 10 year Veteran TE is easily an upgrade over Stephen Alexander. He doesnt drop balls, and he is a great blocker, and is another sure handed target that will help put points up on the board.

Running Back:

Kevin Jones: contributed a 1,000 yard season to kick off his rookie campaign. He joined Barry Sanders, and Billy Simms as the only Lions rookies to achieve that feat. Shawn Bryson will back jones up and will probably be utilized in screen plays. Artose Pinner may have to battle for the third string position with Jamel White. White came to the Lions via free agency from Baltimore and adds depth at both running back and KR/PR. Cory Schelsinger should be back this season as the Lions starting Full Back.

QuarterBacks:

Dan Orlovsky: At 6 foot 5 and 225 pounds he has the ideal size for an NFL quarterback. Dan is a classic drop-back passer, is a great leader on and off the field, and has the spirit and competitive nature of a gamer. He hasn't played against top competition on a regular basis, has average mobility, and because of his long release he takes too many big hits. He can play at the next level but he is a work in progress that will need to hold onto a clipboard for a while.

Jeff Garcia: Most commonly known for his pro-bowl career with the San Francisco 49ers, Garcia proved himself in the Canadian Football League. His last season in the CFL Jeff took the Calgary Stampeders to the Grey Cup and won a Championship. In the NFL Garcia has started 81 games gaining 18,139 yards with 123 TD's and a overall 87.2 rating. Jeff has lead his former team to 12-4 and 10-6 records, and has won in the play-offs.

Joey Harrington: This is Joey's boom or bust season. He has play-makers at every position offensively and has had three seasons to master the intricacies of the West Coast Offense. Joey improved every season since his rookie campaign in virtually every category. In 2004 he had career highs with 3,047 yards, completed 56 percent of his passes, threw for 19 touchdowns, and had a 77.5 passing rating.

Offensive Line:

The offensive line has been upgraded with the additions of Rick Demulling(OG) from the Indianapolis Colts, and Kyle Kosier(OT) from the San Francisco 49ers . The Lions added Kosier when San Francisco declined to match the offer sheet that he had signed with Detroit. The Deal cost the Lions a 7th round draft pick. A very small price to pay to solidify a position that had been the Lions most inconsistent in 2004. The starting O-line should be LT Jeff Backus, OG Rick Demulling, C Dominic Raiola, OG Damien Woody, and RT Kyle Kosier. Kosier won't be given the starting job, he will have to battle Victor Rogers, and Kelly Butler to earn it.

Its almost exciting to think about what the lions could accomplish given the tremendous talent they have this year on offense. Never have the Detroit Lions been so stacked in Wide Receivers. They have arguably the best group of Offensive play-makers in the NFL. The Detroit Lions Defense has also experienced upgrades and depth this off-season. In our Defensive positional walkthrough we will look at the Defensive Line, Linebackers, Cornerbacks, and Safety's.

Defensive Line:

Shaun Cody: Another USC standout, Shaun is a Defensive Tackle, Defensive End Tweener. The Lions traded up to the 37th pick overall to get Cody in the second round(via a trade with tennessee). The deal cost Detroit their second round pick, and a fourth round pick. In the Lions 4-3 defense he may start at either position opposite Shaun Rogers. The former USC team captain is considered one of the Drafts premiere interior pass rushers. At 6 foot 4 and 293 pounds he will have to add bulk and get bigger in the NFL.

Shaun Rogers: The star of the Detroit Lions Defensive Line. At 6 foot 4 and 357 pounds Rogers has displayed overpowering strength coming off blocks, and is a threat to a quarter back on every down. The former Texas Longhorn was the 2001 61st pick overall and is considered the "steal" of the draft. Since being drafted he has started in 60 of the 62 games.

Other Notables: Dan Wilkinson aka "Big Daddy" will enter his 12th season in 2005. Defensive End Bill Swancutt (6th round draft pick this season) will join the rotation of Kalimba Edwards, James Hall, and Cory Redding. With more than 30 sacks, and 333 tackles in 2004 the Lions Defensive line was among the leagues elite. The additions of Cody and Swancutt will give this D-line an even better rotation of players, and solidify the Lions defense overall.

Line Backers:

Boss Bailey: the 34th overall pick in 2003 posted 4.4 speed and a 46 inch vertical. Bailey suffered a knee ligament tear in 2004 but returns this season after working with a rehab group in Georgia, where Bailey was put through a strenuous work out regiment. He registered 109 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2003 and started every game at Outside Linebacker.

Teddy Lehman: Picked in the second round in 04' Lehman also has 4.4 speed. The former Butkis award winner played Outside Linebacker, and was the only rookie linebacker to start all 16 games last season. Lehman may start this season as Detroit's Inside Linebacker.

Other notables: the veteran Middle Linebacker Earl Holmes was the Lions leading tackler the past two seasons, and is expected to return in 05'. Backups Alex Lewis, James Davis, and Donte' Curry make this a very deep linebacking corps.

CornerBacks:

Stanley Wilson: The former Stanford cornerback was picked number 72 overall in the third round of the 2005 draft. In his agility tests Stanley ran 4.34 in his 40 and is very effective on deep routes, as he has the quickness to stay stride for stride with receivers on go routes. He is still raw but the Lions brain-trust seen potential in him and believes he can learn the proper coverage techniques in the NFL.

Other notables. Pro Bowler Dre Bly and Fernando Bryant will likely assume starting positions in 05'. RFA's Chris Cash and Andre Goodman resigned with the lions and will continue to add depth to the nickel packages.

Safety:

Terrence Holt: The release of Brock marion signals the reign of a new starting Free Safety for the Detroit Lions. If Terrence gets the call he has all the skills necessary for the job. He is smooth in his movements through his backpedal, has a sharp vertical break to drive on the ball, and has the leaping ability to compete for the ball at its highest point. He lacks the Ideal speed the Lions have opted for more recently but makes up for that by reading the play and acting instinctively in zone coverage.
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Kenoy Kennedy: Detroit signed Kennedy to a 5 year contract. The strong safety is well known around the league by slot receivers as the guy they don't want to "run in to". Kennedy believes his reputation as a big hitter will give receiver's alligator arms. He has been fined four times for so called illegal hits.

Detroit finally has itself a football team with legitimate play-off aspirations. With SuperBowl XL being hosted at ford field the Lions will surely be the talk of the town. Detroit fans have a lot to look forward to this season with play-makers across the board.


May 15th, 2005, 6:11 pm
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again ferris, nice work!!!!!!!!!!

you put alot of work into your posts.

stay passionate, it's refreshing to see.


May 15th, 2005, 6:33 pm
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2005 Lion:

Technically I sent these to some editors.. they just didnt like em..so I decided to just post them thinking you all might like them either way.. but thanks.. I ll keep trying


May 15th, 2005, 6:37 pm
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to be honest ferris most editors i know couldn't find a whore on 8 mile
or mich ave.
their knowledge is part time so is their work.

keep up the good work, the posts will only enhance the site.


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You know, you could send these types of things to Pablo and get them published here. :lol:

Anyway, great job, I know it must have taken a lot of effort. :lol:

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Great Job and your observations are right on


May 16th, 2005, 7:10 am
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Actually we have posted some of his work before. Right now, I've got a spyware/virus program that is keeping me from posting anything. I've been working on it for over a week but it is driving me nuts.... And yes, I've tried every program on the planet to get rid of it..

Good work Ferris!

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Pablo, easy enough - reformat! lol. I had 6 viruses (cuz my roommate decided to DL porn on my computer via limewire) and I couldn't shake those viruses to save my life. So I just reformated, installed a secondary HD, upgraded to a gig of RAM and reinstalled windows. I should do that every 6 months 8) Even though I'm sure you already considered it, might be what you'll be forced to do?


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Nice post Ferris.

Conversion02: Find a program called "GHost" by Symantec (I think), Once you get the hard drive the way you like it, you can make a backup of it entirely on a bootable CD-R so you dont have to take the time to reinstall everything.

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