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Lions notes: Eagles reportedly offered Anquan Boldin ‘a nice deal’

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Anquan Boldin is happy in Detroit, but he almost never made it there.

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  • The Detroit Lions acquisition of Anquan Boldin was huge in bolstering their weak receiving crew, but according to Ian Rapoport, the Lions weren't the only team interested in acquiring the veteran wideout:

As Rapoport is alluding to, the Eagles went another route to get a receiver and instead decided to trade for Titans receiver Dorial Green-Beckham on Tuesday.

  • Now that DeAndre Levy is off the Non-Football Injury list, there are concerns as to whether Levy will be the same player he was in 2014. Levy told the Detroit Free Press there is “no reason to believe” he won’t be the same after returning.

  • Former Lions wide receiver coach Shawn Jefferson, now holding the same position for the Dolphins, sported pads and a helmet Tuesday to help out with tackling drills:

Dave Birkett confirms Jefferson used to do the same drills in Detroit.

  • The NFL is testing out an eighth official on the field during Week 2 of the preseason. The league tested this out last year during the preseason, as well. Typically, only seven officials are on the field during games.