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  1. Why the Lions are the NFL's oldest team*

    Kevin Seifert

    ESPN colleague Mike Sando's annual age analysis of NFL rosters found that the Detroit Lions have the oldest roster in the league. That designation might seem odd when you consider the relative youth of the Lions' primary players. You also might no...

    Blog | September 01, 2013
  2. 'Kickalicious' might have an NFL future

    Kevin Seifert

    Kickalicious, we hardly knew ye. As NFL teams move toward Tuesday's 75-man roster limit, the Detroit Lions ended their experiment with Norwegian place-kicker Havard Rugland. It was fun while it lasted. Seriously. Expectations for Rugland were a...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  3. Final stretch for Lions roster questions

    Kevin Seifert

    Along with the rest of the NFL, the Detroit Lions must reduce their roster to 75 players by Tuesday. They'll play their preseason finale Thursday at the Buffalo Bills and then cut their roster again to 53 players by Saturday. On the cusp of a busy we...

    Blog | August 26, 2013
  4. Lions: On Reggie Bush's speed

    Kevin Seifert

    As soon as he reached the open field, I figured he was gone. That's what Reggie Bush does when he hits full stride and has blockers in front of him, right? So I'm guessing I wasn't the only surprised observer when cornerback Kyle Arrington tackled...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  5. BBAO: Lions' David Akers is back

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: There was never a kicking controversy in Detroit, not as long as veteran David Akers could demonstrate he had moved past an injury-plagued 2012 season for the San Francisco 49ers. That moment appeared to take place M...

    Blog | August 20, 2013
  6. Preseason Week 2: Brutal night for Lions

    Kevin Seifert

    Reviewing Thursday's events at FirstEnergy Stadium: Cleveland Browns 24, Detroit Lions 6 Preseason record: 1-1 Of interest: The game started with a drop by tight end Brandon Pettigrew and continued on in sloppy and uninspiring fashion for th...

    Blog | August 16, 2013
  7. Camp Confidential: Detroit Lions

    Kevin Seifert

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions opened training camp expressing unprecedented confidence in the direction of their program, and, if anything, their steam has picked up since then. A relatively injury-free camp, the obvious impact of multiple n...

    Blog | August 12, 2013
  8. Havard Rugland isn't just 'Kickalicious'

    Kevin Seifert

    Of all the good things we saw Friday night from the Detroit Lions' revamped special teams, Havard Rugland's performance was probably the least relevant. It's nice that he converted two long field goals in the second half of a 26-17 victory over the N...

    Blog | August 10, 2013
  9. Preseason Week 1: Fun night for Lions

    Kevin Seifert

    Reviewing Friday's action at Ford Field: Detroit Lions 26, New York Jets 17 Preseason record: 1-0 Of interest: The Lions couldn't have asked for a better start from rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who snagged a Mark Sanchez pass on the sec...

    Blog | August 10, 2013
  10. On rookie punters Jeff Locke, Sam Martin

    Kevin Seifert

    Expectations rise for any specialist deemed talented enough to be drafted, and so there has been plenty of interest this summer in how the new punters in Minnesota (Jeff Locke) and Detroit (Sam Martin) are doing in training camp. Both were selected i...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  11. 'Kickalicious' keeps it interesting for Lions

    Kevin Seifert

    So, Kickalicious made a 58-yard field goal Monday at the Detroit Lions' training camp. Veteran David Akers' longest conversion came from 40 yards, according to local reports. So is there anything to get excited about yet? I don't think so. At leas...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  12. Health status check as vets report to camp

    Kevin Seifert

    NFL players are never healthier than on the first day of training camp, or so goes conventional wisdom. As the first NFC North veterans report to training camp Wednesday -- Chicago Bears players are headed to Bourbonnais, Ill., as we speak -- it's wo...

    Blog | July 24, 2013
  13. BBAO: 'Kickalicious' passes test

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: Some of you have asked how the Detroit Lions' unique camp leg fared during the offseason. Here's what we can tell you about Havard Rugland, a.k.a. "Kickalicious:" He apparently did well enough to earn a trip to train...

    Blog | June 19, 2013
  14. BBAO: B.J. Raji in 'pretty good shape'

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: One of the more consistent questions I've received this spring concerns the condition of Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji when he reported to offseason workouts. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ha...

    Blog | May 31, 2013
  15. NFC North kicking (!) update

    Kevin Seifert

    Of all things, we have enough material for an NFC North kicking news roundup as Thursday concludes. Let's, uh, push through: "Kickalicious:" We noted last month that the Detroit Lions worked out Norwegian place-kicker Havard Rugland, who rose to ...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  16. Lions: Minimal commitment to David Akers

    Kevin Seifert

    When the Detroit Lions signed place-kicker David Akers last week, it was worth asking whether he would be given the 2013 job outright or if he was acquired to participate in a competition for Jason Hanson's old job. Details of his one-year contrac...

    Blog | April 10, 2013