- The Detroit Lions returned to practice again on Wednesday for Week 2 of OTAs. The session was closed to the media, but based on a photo gallery provided by the official team’s website, rookie Frank Ragnow continues to take snaps at left guard with the first-team offense. There is also a picture of him at right guard with the second or third-team offense, with Wesley Johnson at center. As has been the case since OTAs started last week, there have been no signs of Ragnow taking reps at center.
- Matthew Stafford threw for the fewest interceptions in his career last year, however according to Pro Football Focus, he had a little help from the opponents:
Matthew Stafford benefited from more dropped interceptions than any other quarterback in 2017. pic.twitter.com/Ve41IuNc1M— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 29, 2018
Football Outsiders takes those numbers further and created a stat called “adjusted interceptions,” which eliminates interceptions that should have been caught by the wide receivers and any Hail Mary picks, but includes balls that were either dropped or knocked out of the hands of a defender. According to that statistic, Stafford had 18 adjusted interceptions, good for sixth most in the league (he only had 10 actual interceptions).
- Lions Wire’s Bryce Rossler did a scouting report of Ezekiel Ansah’s 2017 season and concluded that he probably wasn’t worth the franchise tag the Lions gave him in the offseason. Read why here.
- DetroitLions.com has a nice recap of what Lions offensive coaches—including offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and running backs coach David Walker—said about the future of Detroit’s running game:
- Though the Lions only played Quandre Diggs at safety during last week’s open OTA practice, they haven’t locked him into one position for the 2018 season yet. Justin Rogers of the Detroit News breaks down what defensive backs coach Brian Stewart (who has known Diggs since 2004) thinks of his versatility in the secondary.
- You’ve probably already heard this, but Weezer put out a cover of Toto’s “Africa” this week, and we’re not the only ones who have been celebrating that:
- The Lions are hoping LeGarrette Blount will be their short-yardage back that they were missing last season.