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Lions News And Notes: Matthew Stafford To Stop By White House, Pentagon On Thursday

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  • Matthew Stafford is headed to Washington. Stafford is going to be at the White House and Pentagon on Thursday as part of the Financial Capability and Empowerment Summit. According to the Detroit News, he is going to "show off an educational video game called Financial Football."
  • Evan Silva has the Lions 18th in his NFL offensive line power rankings. Interestingly, he has Riley Reiff set to start over Gosder Cherilus at right tackle.
  • Cris Carter may not always have good things to say about Calvin Johnson, but he is a definite fan of Lions draft pick Ryan Broyles. Carter said this on NFL Live earlier this week about Broyles: "Look for a big rookie year out of him because he's not going to have the pressure of some of these other high draft picks."
  • In a revisit of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Lions received an A- grade.
  • The Lions are having a charity fishing tournament on June 12.
  • The Carolina Panthers have signed former Lions punter Nick Harris, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the draft. He will compete with Brad Nortman, who was picked in the sixth round of this year's draft by Carolina.
  • The Minnesota Vikings released kicker Ryan Longwell earlier this week. Longwell had been in the NFC North since 1997 and has appeared in 240 straight games.
  • Former Lions kicker Dave Rayner is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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