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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:44:01 -0800
The Lions would be comfortable heading into the 2014 season with OT LaAdrian Waddle and OT Corey Hilliard as their right tackles, according to general manager Martin Mayhew, who says both players played "really good football" for the team last season. Detroit will not likely pursue an upgrade in free agency, but the club could be open to adding a tackle early in the draft if the opportunity arises.
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:35:34 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he still sees "a place for the wide nine in our system," and new Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it's "necessary" to use the defensive alignment, which requires defensive ends to set up outside the tight end in order to get better angles in the pass rush. "If you've taken a look at us, when we were in Indy, did you see (Dwight) Freeney and (Robert) Mathis?" said Caldwell, the Indianapolis Colts' head coach in 2009-11. "What'd they line up in? There we go."
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:57:21 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said DT Nick Fairley needs to be more consistent and mature a bit as a professional. "He could play more consistently," Mayhew said. "I mean, he's got to mature a little bit as a professional, I think. I think that'd be a big step in him playing more consistently."
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:45:37 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew will return to the team next season.
Wed, 01 May 2013 13:01:55 -0700
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he expects the teams high draft picks to be on the field quickly because of the needs of the team. "That's a fair statement, but it's also fair to say we had more holes coming into it, or more holes that we knew about, coming into this draft than we did last year," Mayhew said. "We do expect a lot of those guys, especially guys that we took early, to be on the field pretty quickly." First-round pick DE Ezekiel Ansah was drafted to replace DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Second round pick CB Darius Slay will compete with CB Bill Bentley. Third round pick OG Larry Warford will likely replace OG Stephen Peterman.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:22:04 -0700
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team will not be trading for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:37:31 -0800
The Detroit Lions could turn to offensive tackle with their No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Despite drafting OT Riley Reiff in the first round last year, Detroit still has a need at left tackle. Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher could be their target, as Lions general manager Martin Mayhew scouted Fisher last year.
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 07:08:26 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is not concerned about the status of impending free-agent DE Cliff Avril. Mayhew is confident Avril's impending free agency will be worked out, one way or another. "All those guys that are free agents, we'll continue to have discussions about," Mayhew said. "I've talked to a few of their agents. We have ample time to sort through those situations. If you go back and look through our history here, we haven't had a lot of free agents that we really wanted to have back that we didn't get back."
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:48:50 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he is cautiously optimistic LT Jeff Backus and PK Jason Hanson will return in 2013.
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:47:31 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team will not be using the franchise tag on any of their free agents this offseason.
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:29:34 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said that former WR Titus Young did not have any trade value before he was cut earlier this week. "It's my job to know what his value is and he didn't have any trade value." Young was released earlier this week and claimed by the St. Louis Rams.
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:28:08 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team will continue to look for the best player available during the 2013 Draft and will not look to address specific positions. Mayhew did say the team will not take a quarterback in the first round.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 09:55:11 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he will look to add a playmaker in the passing game this offseason. Mayhew has taken one wide receiver in each of his four NFL Drafts as Lions general manager. "The way I look at it, when you've got a quarterback like Matthew Stafford, you want to keep giving him weapons, and that's what we're going to try to keep doing," Mayhew said. "If it's receiver, if it's a tight end, if it's a running back that can catch passes out of the backfield, all those things help Matthew to be better, and they help Calvin to be better."
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:45:28 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew will return for a fifth season as general manager and retain his current position in 2013. Mayhew said he spoke with the Ford family Monday, Dec. 31, to discuss what went wrong in the team's 4-12 season. The family expressed disappointment, but also informed Mayhew they had no intentions of replacing him.