- Detroit Lions president Rod Wood met with the media on Monday at this week’s owners meeting and dropped a few minor news bits. First, he addressed why Detroit didn’t land the NFL Draft for future locations of the event. His answer was odd and likely overly simplistic:
The conflict was for 2019 only, but 2020 is NFL’s 100-year anniversary so Wood said NFL likely had a spot in mind for that one already. He said they’re back in the mix for hosting 2021 and/or later.— Tori Petry (@sportstori) March 26, 2018
Wood said the Lions will continue to bid for future drafts, but in the meantime, it looks like another Final Four event is possible in the near future:
Lions president Rod Wood said Detroit is bidding for a Final Four from 2023-26. Sounded pretty optimistic about chances of landing it.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) March 26, 2018
Finally, Wood dropped some hints about the Lions’ 2018 schedule, which is expected to be released in mid-April:
Rod Wood says his main request for the Lions’ schedule this year is that their 2 west coast games (San Francisco, Arizona) be back to back in the second half of the season so the team can stay out west between games.— Tori Petry (@sportstori) March 26, 2018
No word on the Lions' Thanksgiving opponent yet, but team president Rod Wood says he'd prefer it not be the Patriots because "that's going to be a big game no matter when it's played." Wants an NFC North team for that date. It's been Minnesota in the last two years.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) March 26, 2018
- According to the latest Vegas numbers, the Lions have 6-to-1 odds to win the NFC North, behind both the Vikings and the Packers.
- Are the Lions rebuilding? Did Detroit use Johnathan Hankins as a negotiation tool? How would Johnny Manziel fit into the Lions depth chart should he theoretically sign with Detroit? The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers answers all those questions and more in his mailbag column.
- It may be the offseason, but Golden Tate is making sure he still has good hands, and he’s specifically working on his chugs after the catch (CAC):
- Detroit Lions Podcast has an in-depth profile on new Lions tight end Luke Willson and what Detroit can expect from him in 2018.
- Sam Martin is even a #PuntGod in the Madden universe:
- Tim Twentyman has five NFL pro days to keep an eye on this week.
- Finally, we wanted to send our condolences to long-time Lions beat writer Mike O’Hara, whose partner of 22 years, Tina B. Co, passed away on Friday. Read her beautiful obituary here.