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Lions Fire Special Teams Coach Joe Marciano

Lions head coach Matt Patricia announced Monday night he has fired special teams coach Joe Marciano, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

“Tonight I spoke to Joe and informed him of my decision to relieve him of his responsibilities with our team,” Patricia said in a statement issued by the team. “I appreciate Joe’s leadership of our special teams units over the last three and a half seasons and have great respect for his many years of service as a coach in the National Football League. On behalf of our team and the entire coaching staff, I want to personally thank Joe for his commitment to the Detroit Lions and wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

Marciano was one of the most senior special teams coordinators in the game. He broke into the NFL as New Orleans’ special teams coordinator in 1986, before moving on to Tampa Bay in 1996, Houston in 2002 and Minnesota in 2014 before landing on Jim Caldwell’s staff in 2015. And he helped turn Detroit’s special teams unit into one of the league’s finest.

Lions at Vikings NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Lions and Vikings NFC North matchup in Minnesota

Lions

RB Ameer Abdullah
OG Joe Dahl
OT Andrew Donnal
DE Kerry Hyder
DE Eric Lee
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin
LB Kelvin Sheppard

Vikings

LB Anthony Barr
DE Tashawn Bower
OG Tom Compton
WR Stefon Diggs
S Andrew Sendejo
QB Kyle Sloter
RB Roc Thomas

Lions Ship Wide Out Golden Tate to the Eagles

The Lions made a move on Tuesday before the trading deadline, as they shipped wide out Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In return, Detroit will get back a third-round pick.

The 30-year-old has 285 yards this season after the catch, and is known for that gritty type of play that has made him one of the known toughest wide outs in the game.

Overall he’s got 44 catches and 517 yards with 3 touchdowns. He had 90 receptions in each of his four full seasons with the Lions and was a 1,000-yard receiver in three of those years.

Tate is in the final year of the five-year contract he signed with the Lions, and by dealing him for a third-round pick, the Lions basically got back the compensatory pick it would have netted had he left in free agency after the season.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn issued a statement about Tate.

“On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank Golden for his countless contributions to our team during his time as a Detroit Lion,” he said. “For more than four years Golden displayed an unwavering commitment to not only his coaches and teammates, but also the City of Detroit. The impact he made on and off the field set an example for our team and serves as a testament to his character. We wish Golden and his family the very best in the next step of his career.”

Lions WR Golden Tate Doesn’t Think He Will Be Traded by the Deadline

Lions wide receiver Golden Tate said he doesn’t expect to be going anywhere at Tuesday’s NFL trading deadline, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

NFL Network reported Monday that the Lions have been fielding offers for their leading receiver and likely would need a mid-round draft pick — “maybe a fourth-rounder” — to trade Tate by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Tate said he has not heard anything from Lions brass about a possible deal, and he’s not putting much stock in the report that he could be on the move.

“I don’t think so,” Tate told the Free Press on Monday. “I feel like I’m a huge part of this organization and this offense especially, so hopefully that’s not the case. But again, I do understand it’s a business and if it happens then, you know, depends on where they send me.”

Tate, 30, was the subject of mild trade speculation after an 0-2 start, but the Lions have won three of their five games since to get back in the NFC North race.

At 3-4, they’re currently in last place in the division, but just a game behind the first-place Chicago Bears. And last week, they traded a 2019 fifth-round pick for defensive tackle Damon Harrison in an effort to bolster their playoff chances.

“We’re right there in the mix,” Tate said.

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Wife of Lions QB Matthew Stafford Speaks About Regarding Comments Made by Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey has been the biggest mouth this offseason in the NFL, talking trash about various players including some QB’s around the league.

The wife of Lions QB Matthew Stafford, Kelly, says that she’s not all that keen on Ramsey speaking his mind based on his time in the league.

Here’s the story from Yahoo:

And to think, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford didn’t even get the worst of Jalen Ramsey’s rant.

The entire NFL seemed to be talking about an interview the Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback did with GQ magazine, mostly because he name-checked just about every quarterback in the league. And Stafford’s wife wasn’t pleased that her husband’s name was part of his rundown.

Here’s what Ramsey had to say about Stafford, to GQ: “Matthew Stafford, I think he’s straight. I don’t think he the best quarterback out there. But he do what he gotta do.”

Not bad, especially compared to Ramsey saying Josh Allen is “trash” and Joe Flacco “sucks.” But it still got a response from Kelly Stafford.

Kelly responded with quote via Twitter from MLive’s Kyle Meinke:

Lions Working Out Former Giants, Bills LB Kelvin Sheppard

Former Giants, Dolphins and Bills linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is working out today for the Detroit Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Sheppard was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He has totaled 424 career tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 2 interceptions.

Lions WR Golden Tate on the Jarvis Landry Deal, Wanting an Extension with Detroit

Golden Tate, who’s entering the final year of his contract with the Lions and hoping to sign an extension with team this summer, said his first reaction to Jarvia Landry’s deal was, “Whoa,” and not just because it could impact the money he makes in 2019 and beyond, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“Guys are getting paid a looot of money,” Lions wide receiver Golden Tate said in a phone interview. “There’s guys who aren’t even every-down receivers who are getting paid a lot of money, so that’s obviously refreshing as a receiver to see going into this market here soon.”

“The wide receiver market is very high right now, and it wasn’t very high when I came out when I was in free agency the first time, unfortunately,” Tate said. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s almost like, with these guys that are signing their first big deal, it’s been set. I would have never thought receivers today would be getting paid I guess what quarterbacks were getting paid just four years ago.”

“I’m going into Year 9 and if I don’t sign an extension then it’ll be Year 10 that I’m going into,” Tate said. “I don’t know how teams view 10-year vets, but my goal is just to not show any decline. I’m just trying to maintain at least 90 catches and at least 1,000 yards and show, hey, I’m still holding on strong, baby. Let’s keep this thing going.”

“Right now I’m just kind of focusing on getting to know Coach Patricia and showing up to work ready to work every day so he gets a feel for my type of personality, what I’m going to bring to this team,” Tate said. “I’m trying not to worry about it too much. Obviously, we all know that I’d love to get something done, but I go into each year just trying to prove myself because there’s a new batch of guys that are probably coming in to try to take my job.”