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Lions sign tight end Darren Fells

AP

The Lions have picked up some depth at tight end.

Darren Fells, who played the last three years with the Cardinals, has signed with the Lions.

The 6-foot-7, 281-pound Fells is a good blocker who doesn’t catch a lot of passes, with 14 catches in 14 games last season. In Detroit he’ll be the No. 2 tight end behind Eric Ebron.

The 30-year-old Fells didn’t play college football, instead playing basketball at UC-Irvin, then spending four years playing professional basketball internationally before signing briefly with the Seahawks, then spending 2013 on the Cardinals’ practice squad before making the Cardinals’ active roster in 2014.

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5 Responses to “Lions sign tight end Darren Fells”
  1. noose18 says: Mar 11, 2017 3:09 PM

    Value shopping.

  2. honalulublue says: Mar 11, 2017 3:17 PM

    Anything for some semblance of a running game.

  3. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 11, 2017 3:46 PM

    Not a Lions fan, but there’s always value in a good run-blocking tight end, even if just for short-yardage situations. Darren Fells seems to offer that. If only they could get more pass-catching consistency from Eric Ebron.

  4. maddmatter5 says: Mar 11, 2017 4:07 PM

    thisoneguy1 says:
    Mar 11, 2017 3:46 PM
    Not a Lions fan, but there’s always value in a good run-blocking tight end, even if just for short-yardage situations. Darren Fells seems to offer that. If only they could get more pass-catching consistency from Eric Ebron.

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    Pass catching consistency is something we’ve wanted from Ebron since day 1. It hasn’t happened.

    So glad Mayhew passed on 6 pro bowl players that were drafted in the next 7 picks, for a tight end that can’t block and has trouble catching the ball. It’s not like we could have used Lewan, Donald, Shazier, or Martin or anything.

    I feel bad for San Fran for even having that guy in their front office.

  5. clssylssy says: Mar 11, 2017 4:19 PM

    This is probably a better value than it appears on the surface. Fells has the size and skillset to be an excellent addition in the right system . In Arizona Arians didnt know how to use TEs except for blocking, preferring to use his speedy smurf receivers. If Fells had been targeted more frequently he would have had more catches. Fells should be an excellent addition to pair w Ebron.

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