- When Calvin Johnson retired, there was a lot of debate whether he’d make the Hall of Fame after playing just nine years in the NFL. Now the question is turning into where he ranks among the league’s all-time greatest receivers. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt ranked his top 32 receivers of all time and Johnson came in at No. 8, behind the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and Marvin Harrison among others.
- While on the topic of former all-time greats, Barry Sanders made this video compilation of the greatest rushing touchdowns in NFL history, although Lions Wire argues that isn’t even Barry’s best run:
- Zac Snyder of Detroit Jock City argues that according to history, Jim Caldwell and Matthew Stafford are running out of time to build a championship team together.
- As reported earlier, the Lions are hosting former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr for a visit on Thursday. Although he received second-team All Pro honors in 2016, Pro Football Focus wasn’t a big fan, grading him 81st out of 87 qualifying linebackers:
Ravens LB Zach Orr is reportedly retiring. He had the 7th-best run stop percentage among LBs in 2016 and anchored a strong Ravens' run D. pic.twitter.com/1T3j7j5eES— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 20, 2017
The feeling is apparently mutual, as Orr took a shot at PFF earlier this month:
- Who will win the Detroit Lions’ fourth running back spot: Matt Asiata or Dwayne Washington? SideLion Report makes the case for both.
- Darius Slay was an absolute shutdown cornerback on third downs last year:
- Can Golden Tate top Sam Martin’s impressive shot in Tim Twentyman’s closest to the tee contest? Check out the latest episode to find out.
- Ford Field maintenance looks to be going well. DetroitLions.com’s Tori Petry provides an update on where they are and gives a sneak peak on their progress:
- How long can Aaron Rodgers continue his dominant reign in the NFL? Too long, according to these NFC North reporters from ESPN.