New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Lions fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Calvin Johnson to also become THE face of the Lions.
The contest, which is live atwww.speakwithyourcap.comor through New Era’s Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Lions faithfuls tosubmit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
Guard Larry Warford, they Lions’ third-round draft pick, continued to deal with a neck injury and did very little in practice on the third and final day of rookie minicamp.
Warford suffered what appeared to be a stinger when he caught a teammate’s elbow by accident during practice Saturday. Today he went through a few individual drills but was held out of team drills and any contact work as a precaution, according to Lions coach Jim Schwartz.
“It gave everybody a little bit of scare when anybody went down,” Schwartz said. “But he bounced back quickly. But he came back out on the field yesterday, even though he didn’t continue practice. He was feeling a lot better then.
“He could have gone through everything today. But we just limited him to just individual today. We didn’t want him going through any of the half-line stuff or the team stuff or anything like that. So we made the decision on him just to err on the side of caution.”
Free agent kick returner Josh Cribbs remains in demand. After meeting with Raiders, Jets and Giants this week, he’s on to Detroit next according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Cribbs reportedly passed the Raiders physical and was offered a contract. It was a knee that stopped Cribbs from getting a job earlier this offseason, as he had offseason arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and failed a physical with the Cardinals earlier in free agency.
Last season Cribbs averaged 12 yards a return on punts, and 27.4 yards per return on kickoffs.
There’s one Lion out there that is already throwing out Super Bowl dreams for the squad, that being DT Nick Fairley.
The DT told Detroit News columnist Terry Foster that he sees “big things” will be coming after the team went 4-12 last season.
“I expect big things. I am going to say we are going to the Super Bowl because I am competitive and that is what I want for the team, and it is one of the goals.
“I am sure we are going to take it game by game and day by day…I expect big things. We picked up some good guys in the draft. It is going to be up to us (players) to getting the chemistry up to where we can play off each other. We are going to do some big things this year. Those are our expectations.”
In 13 games last season the 25-year-old Fairley had 35 total tackles to go along with 5.5 sacks.
The Lions have agreed to standard four-year contracts with their four sixth- and seventh-round picks.
Virginia Tech receiver Corey Fuller, the highest Lions draft choice to sign, received a $123,000 signing bonus.
According to the Baltimore Sun, fellow sixth-rouder Theo Riddick, an all-purpose back from Notre Dame, received a $91,000 bonus, while seventh-rounders Michael Williams ($65,148) and Brandon Hepburn ($45,896) also finalized their deals.
The Lions were allotted a draft pool of about $7.5 million to sign their nine picks.
First-rounder Ziggy Ansah, second-rounder Darius Slay, third-rounder Larry Warford, fourth-rounder Devin Taylor and fifth-rounder Sam Martin remain unsigned.
The Lions today claimed two players off waivers, bringing in linebacker Cory Greenwood and guard Derek Hardman.
The six-foot-two, 235-pound Greenwood, a native of Kingston, Ontario, was the third overall pick in the 2010 CFL draft. He joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent that year and has appeared in all 48 games over the past three seasons.
Hardman, also a undrafted free agent in 2010, signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs out of Eastern Kentucky. As a senior in 2009, he earned first-team All-American honors.
A 6-foot-6, 300-pounder, Hardman appeared in 15 games for Tampa Bay, including four starts his rookie year.
Brandon Hepburn is a relatively unknown prospect from Florida A&M University. Hepburn is an extremely intelligent young man with some pretty decent movement skills. He’s got good speed and some really quick feet with decent size.
He will be a special teamer and developmental project.