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1987 Detroit Lions

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4-11-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.9, Offense: -4.5, Defense: -5.4, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 269 points (17.9/g), 25th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 384 points (25.6/g), 26th.
 Differential of -115 points (-7.7/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 4.5-10.5.

Coach: Darryl Rogers (4-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Baker
 Defensive Coordinator: Wayne Fontes

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Chuck Long 24 1 12 232 for 416, 2,598 yards, 11 td, 20 int, & 22 rushes for 64 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1986
RB Garry James 24 1 7 82 rushes for 270 yards, 4 td, & 16 catches for 215 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 29th pick / 1986
FB James Jones 26 4 11 96 rushes for 342 yards, 0 td, & 34 catches for 262 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1983
WR Jeff Chadwick 27 4 8 30 catches for 416 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for -6 yards and 0 td
WR Pete Mandley 26 3 12 58 catches for 720 yards, 7 td, & 1 rush for 3 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1984
TE Rob Rubick 27 5 8 13 catches for 147 yards, 1 td Detroit Lions / 12th / 326th pick / 1982
LT Lomas Brown 24 2 11 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1985
LG Scott Barrows 24 1 10 1 fumble recovered
C Steve Mott 26 4 11 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1983
RG Kevin Glover 24 2 9 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1985
RT Harvey Salem 26 4 11 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1983
 Defensive Starters
LDE Eric Williams 25 3 11 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1984
NT Jerry Ball 23 Rook 12 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1987
RDE Keith Ferguson 28 6 9 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1981
LOLB Jimmy Williams 27 5 12 4.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 15th pick / 1982
LILB Shelton Robinson 27 5 12 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RILB Dennis Gibson 23 Rook 12 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 203rd pick / 1987
ROLB Mike Cofer 27 4 11 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 67th pick / 1983
LCB Duane Galloway 26 2 7 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Bruce McNorton 28 5 12 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1982
SS James Griffin 26 4 12 1.0 sacks, 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 193rd pick / 1983
FS Raphel Cherry 26 2 10 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 5th / 122nd pick / 1985
 Special Teams Starters
K Eddie Murray 31 7 0 20 of 32 field goals & 21 of 21 extra points Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
P Jim Arnold*+ 26 4 0 46 punts for a 43.6 average, 0 blocked Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 119th pick / 1983
PR Pete Mandley 26 3 12 23 punt returns for a 10.9 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1984
KR Gary Lee 22 Rook 3 32 kick returns for a 22.5 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 12th / 315th pick / 1987

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
50 Earnest Adams 28 3 0 226 6-3 Illinois 3/12/1959 Rook 0
6 Jim Arnold*+ 26 P 11 0 215 6-2 Vanderbilt 1/31/1961 4 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 119th pick / 1983
68 Steve Baack 27 7 0 264 6-4 Oregon 11/16/1960 3 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1984
93 Jerry Ball 23 NT 12 12 330 6-1 SMU 12/15/1964 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1987
61 Scott Barrows 24 LG 12 10 278 6-2 West Virginia 3/31/1963 1 5
99 Bob Beemer 24 2 0 231 6-3 Toledo 5/14/1963 Rook 0
69 Charles Benson 27 de 3 3 267 6-3 Baylor 11/21/1960 4 2 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 76th pick / 1983
25 Karl Bernard 23 rb 8 3 205 5-11 LSU,La-Lafayette 10/12/1964 Rook 2
11 Mike Black 26 1 0 197 6-1 Arizona St. 1/18/1961 4 0 Detroit Lions / 7th / 181st pick / 1983
80 Carl Bland 26 10 0 182 5-11 Virginia Union 8/17/1961 3 0
95 Steve Boadway 24 2 0 240 6-4 Arizona 6/20/1963 Rook 0
42 John Bostic 25 db 3 1 176 5-10 Bethune-Cookman 10/6/1962 2 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 149th pick / 1985
54 Thomas Boyd 28 lb 4 3 210 6-3 Alabama 11/24/1959 Rook 1 Green Bay Packers / 8th / 210th pick / 1982
86 Danny Bradley 24 rb 3 1 175 5-9 Oklahoma 3/2/1963 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 189th pick / 1985
75 Lomas Brown 24 LT 11 11 282 6-4 Florida 3/30/1963 2 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1985
96 Paul Butcher 24 12 0 230 6-0 Wayne State (MI) 11/8/1963 1 1
65 Patrick Cain 25 c 3 2 260 6-2 Cal Poly-Pomona,Wichita St. 10/1/1962 Rook 1
58 Carl Carr 23 lb 3 3 230 6-3 North Carolina 3/26/1964 Rook 1 New York Jets / 10th / 272nd pick / 1986
89 Jeff Chadwick 27 WR 8 8 190 6-3 Grand Valley St. 12/16/1960 4 4
45 Raphel Cherry 26 FS 10 10 194 6-0 Hawaii 12/19/1961 2 4 Washington Redskins / 5th / 122nd pick / 1985
33 Dexter Clark 23 2 0 190 6-0 Toledo 5/5/1964 Rook 0
55 Mike Cofer 27 ROLB 11 11 245 6-5 Tennessee 4/7/1960 4 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 67th pick / 1983
98 Jerome Davis 25 nt 3 3 260 6-1 Ball St. 2/27/1962 Rook 1
84 Jerry Diorio 25 2 0 245 6-3 Michigan 1/11/1962 Rook 0
44 Tony Dollinger 25 rb 2 1 205 5-11 Evangel (MO) 10/18/1962 Rook 0
70 Keith Dorney 30 rg 5 5 268 6-5 Penn St. 12/3/1957 8 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
46 Stan Edwards 27 rb 3 3 208 6-0 Michigan 5/20/1960 5 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1982
42 Gary Ellerson 24 rb 8 2 220 5-11 Wisconsin 7/17/1963 2 2 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 182nd pick / 1985
15 Russell Erxleben 31 1 0 223 6-4 Texas 1/13/1956 8 0 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 11th pick / 1979
34 Creig Federico 24 db 3 2 205 6-2 Iowa Central,Illinois St. 5/7/1963 Rook 1
64 Joe Felton 23 g 2 2 266 6-2 Albion 10/16/1964 Rook 1
77 Keith Ferguson 28 RDE 12 9 252 6-5 Ohio St. 4/3/1959 6 4 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1981
25 Anthony Fields 23 3 3 192 6-1 East. Michigan 1/17/1964 Rook 0
10 Brendan Folmar 23 1 0 200 6-1 California (PA) 4/2/1964 Rook 0
40 Duane Galloway 26 LCB 10 7 181 5-8 Arizona St. 11/7/1961 2 3
79 William Gay 32 rde 11 5 250 6-5 USC 5/28/1955 9 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
71 Chris Geile 23 g 3 1 305 6-4 East. Illinois 4/14/1964 Rook 1
98 Dennis Gibson 23 RILB 12 12 240 6-2 Iowa St. 2/8/1964 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 8th / 203rd pick / 1987
81 Jimmie Giles 33 te 4 1 239 6-3 Alcorn St. 11/8/1954 10 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1977
53 Kevin Glover 24 RG 12 9 278 6-2 Maryland 6/17/1963 2 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1985
33 William Graham 28 db 2 1 191 5-11 Texas 9/27/1959 5 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 127th pick / 1982
62 Curtis Green 30 12 0 256 6-3 Alabama St. 6/3/1957 6 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1981
34 James Griffin 26 SS 12 12 197 6-2 Middle Tenn. St. 9/7/1961 4 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 193rd pick / 1983
80 Darrell Grymes 26 wr 2 2 182 6-2 Central State (OH) 12/4/1961 Rook 1
35 Alvin Hall 29 db 3 3 193 5-10 Miami (OH) 8/12/1958 6 2
23 Maurice Harvey 31 db 2 2 190 5-10 Ball St. 1/14/1956 9 1 Oakland Raiders / 4th / 86th pick / 1978
43 Ivan Hicks 24 1 0 185 6-2 Michigan 6/30/1963 Rook 0
94 Mark Hicks 27 1 0 225 6-2 Arizona St. 11/7/1960 4 0
47 Steve Hirsch 25 db 3 1 195 6-0 Northern Illinois 5/18/1962 Rook 0
18 Todd Hons 26 qb 3 3 195 6-1 Arizona St. 9/5/1961 Rook 2
83 Melvin Hoover 28 2 0 185 6-0 Arizona St. 9/21/1959 5 0 New York Giants / 6th / 145th pick / 1981
32 Garry James 24 RB 8 7 214 5-10 LSU 9/4/1963 1 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 29th pick / 1986
95 George Jamison 25 12 0 232 6-1 Cincinnati 9/30/1962 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1984 Supp
87 Gilvanni Johnson 24 3 0 195 6-1 Michigan 9/12/1963 Rook 0
77 Rick Johnson 24 1 0 255 6-6 Grand Valley St. 12/12/1963 Rook 0
30 James Jones 26 FB 11 11 229 6-2 Florida 3/21/1961 4 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1983
87 Vyto Kab 28 te 7 2 243 6-5 Penn St. 12/23/1959 5 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 78th pick / 1982
73 Jeff Kacmarek 24 3 0 240 6-2 West. Michigan 4/12/1963 Rook 0
92 Angelo King 29 lb 1 1 224 6-1 South Carolina St. 2/10/1958 6 1
1 Matt Kinzer 24 1 0 225 6-3 Purdue 6/17/1963 Rook 0
64 Paul Kiser 24 1 0 272 6-4 Wake Forest 11/19/1963 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 153rd pick / 1987
30 Nick Kowgios 25 3 0 216 6-0 Lafayette 11/19/1962 Rook 0
83 Gary Lee 22 KR 12 3 202 6-1 Georgia Tech 2/12/1965 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 12th / 315th pick / 1987
81 Mark Lewis 26 te 9 1 239 6-2 Texas A&M 5/5/1961 2 0 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 155th pick / 1985
50 Danny Lockett 23 lb 13 1 239 6-2 Arizona 7/11/1964 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 148th pick / 1987
16 Chuck Long 24 QB 12 12 217 6-4 Iowa 2/18/1963 1 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1986
82 Pete Mandley 26 PR 12 12 191 5-10 Northern Arizona 7/29/1961 3 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1984
57 Vernon Maxwell 26 lb 12 1 233 6-2 Arizona St. 10/25/1961 4 1 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 29th pick / 1983
21 Bob McDonough 24 3 0 170 6-1 California (PA) 3/7/1963 Rook 0
97 George McDuffie 24 de 3 2 270 6-6 Salem,Findlay 1/20/1963 Rook 1
29 Bruce McNorton 28 RCB 12 12 175 5-11 Georgetown (KY) 2/28/1959 5 5 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1982
74 Joe Milinichik 24 11 0 290 6-5 North Carolina St. 3/30/1963 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1986
14 John Misko 33 1 0 207 6-5 Oregon St. 10/1/1954 5 0
52 Steve Mott 26 C 11 11 266 6-3 Alabama 3/24/1961 4 5 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1983
3 Eddie Murray 31 K 12 0 177 5-10 Tulane 8/29/1956 7 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
86 Mark Nichols 28 wr 12 1 210 6-2 San Jose St. 10/29/1959 6 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1981
53 Tony Office 27 lb 3 2 250 6-2 Illinois St. 2/24/1960 Rook 1
67 Greg Orton 25 g 3 3 265 6-1 Nebraska 8/9/1962 Rook 1
49 Tony Paige 25 5 0 225 5-10 Virginia Tech 10/14/1962 3 0 New York Jets / 6th / 149th pick / 1984
19 Mike Prindle 24 3 0 160 5-9 West. Michigan 11/12/1963 Rook 1
68 Jerry Quaerna 24 t 3 3 275 6-6 Michigan 10/9/1963 Rook 2
87 Derrick Ramsey 31 1 0 230 6-4 Kentucky 12/23/1956 9 0 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 136th pick / 1978
51 Shelton Robinson 27 LILB 12 12 233 6-2 North Carolina 9/14/1960 5 5
60 Reggie Rogers 23 6 0 278 6-6 Washington 1/21/1964 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1987
93 Tim Ross 29 3 0 225 6-5 Bowling Green 12/27/1958 Rook 0
84 Rob Rubick 27 TE 9 8 232 6-3 Grand Valley St. 9/27/1960 5 1 Detroit Lions / 12th / 326th pick / 1982
97 Dan Saleaumua 23 9 0 305 6-0 Arizona St. 11/25/1964 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 175th pick / 1987
73 Harvey Salem 26 RT 11 11 283 6-6 California 1/15/1961 4 5 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1983
64 Eric Sanders 29 12 0 277 6-6 Nevada-Reno 10/22/1958 6 1 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 136th pick / 1981
28 Chris Sheffield 24 6 0 193 6-1 Albany State (GA) 1/9/1963 1 0
41 Ricky Smith 27 12 0 182 6-0 Alabama St. 7/20/1960 5 1 New England Patriots / 6th / 141st pick / 1982
60 Chuck Steele 23 c 3 1 255 6-1 California 6/22/1964 Rook 1
71 Rich Strenger 27 t 3 3 280 6-7 Michigan 3/10/1960 4 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1983
44 Ivory Sully 30 db 11 1 198 6-0 Delaware 6/20/1957 8 1
90 Robert Thompson 27 lb 3 2 227 6-3 Michigan 2/4/1960 4 1 Houston Oilers / 8th / 198th pick / 1983
99 Stuart Tolle 25 1 0 265 6-3 Bowling Green 2/7/1962 Rook 0
45 Eric Truvillion 28 wr 3 3 205 6-4 Florida A&M 6/18/1959 Rook 2
72 Jim Warne 23 t 3 3 315 6-7 Arizona St. 11/27/1964 Rook 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 11th / 296th pick / 1987
27 Bobby Watkins 27 lcb 5 5 184 5-10 Texas St. 5/31/1960 5 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1982
31 Cleve Wester 23 rb 3 1 188 5-8 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 6/14/1964 Rook 1
82 Mark Wheeler 23 3 0 232 6-2 Kentucky 6/15/1964 Rook 0
76 Eric Williams 25 LDE 11 11 282 6-4 Washington St. 2/24/1962 3 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1984
23 Eric Williams 27 1 0 188 6-1 North Carolina St. 2/21/1960 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 164th pick / 1983
59 Jimmy Williams 27 LOLB 12 12 228 6-3 Nebraska 11/15/1960 5 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 15th pick / 1982
38 Scott Williams 25 rb 5 2 234 6-2 Georgia 7/21/1962 1 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 244th pick / 1985
81 Mark Witte 28 te 3 3 236 6-3 North Texas 12/3/1959 4 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 11th / 297th pick / 1983
21 Butch Woolfolk 27 12 0 210 6-1 Michigan 3/1/1960 5 2 New York Giants / 1st / 18th pick / 1982
Team Total 25.9 15 228.2 6-1.9 2.4