One thing you can count on with the Detroit Lions is that they are never, ever boring. Follow the latest news including injuries, roster moves and more here daily from Oakland Press beat writer Paula Pasche. Plus you'll find regular commentary about the team.
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|Golden Tate speaks to media at his football camp on Thursday.|
Detroit Lions — Check out transcript from chat
With the start of training camp set for Monday, there was plenty to discuss.
We talked a little about most everyone including Matthew Stafford, Ryan Broyles, Haloti Ngata, Jeremy Ross and tons more.
Next week's chat will be at noon on Thursday because practice is at 2 p.m. that day. — Paula Pasche
Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy takes another wild trip
|Levy skinny dipping in the Amazon.|
|DeAndre Levy sledding down a volcano in Nicaragua.|
|Levy's earlier adventure, wing-walking on bi-plane.|
Detroit Lions single game tickets on sale Wednesday
Detroit Lions – Five reasons Matthew Stafford will improve this season
- The quarterback is more familiar with this Joe Lombardi offense. I know you’ve heard that before but it’s true and it’s important. He’ll be able to operate at a faster pace because it will seem more natural to him — he won’t have to stop and think — he can just play.
- Stafford is a gunslinger, we all know it. Last year Lombardi seemed hesitant to give Stafford the freedom to go deep down field. Lombardi said in the spring — and he’s been consistent with this — that the goal is give Stafford the green light more often. If the running game is improved (as it should be) this will help the effort.
- After minicamp, coach Jim Caldwell again talked about Stafford’s hard work. The coach said between minicamp and training camp last year, it was obvious Stafford had been studying the playbook. He expects the same when camp starts on Aug. 3.
- He just looked more comfortable in the offense during minicamp with the new-look offensive line. Yes, there were no pads or no contact allowed — but he was moving the offense at a much quicker pace. His accuracy was on full display too.
- This will be Stafford’s seventh NFL season. All that experience in invaluable. He’s got great coaches in Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter who are setting him in the right path.
Detroit Lions — Five top position battles in training camp
- Kellen Moore and Dan Orlovsky will fight it out for the No. 2 quarterback spot. It was Orlovsky’s in 2014, but Moore had an impressive showing in the preseason games and throughout practices last season. The two were basically splitting reps with the second group through OTAs and mandatory minicamp. It will likely come down to who plays best in the preseason games.
- Manny Ramirez and Laken Tomlinson are the favorites to start at left guard. This coaching staff treats players equal once they are on the field. They will not hand the job to Tomlinson because he was the first-round pick. In minicamp, it was Ramirez that mostly worked with the starters.
- It’s a young group at defensive tackle hoping to start beside Haloti Ngata. Caraun Reid appears to have the edge heading into training camp. However Tyrunn Walker and Gabe Wright could have something to say about that.
- The Lions kept six wide receivers (including the Jeremy Ross, the returner) out of training camp a year ago. They’ve got more talent now which could put Ryan Broyles, Lance Moore, TJ Jones, Greg Salas and Andrew Peacock in a battle just for a spot on the 53-man roster. Plus, it’s not a given they will keep six again this year.
- While Jeremy Ross returned kicks and punts last season, that is not a given. This will be played out in training camp but the crucial tests will be in preseason games. Competitors include Ryan Broyles, Ameer Abdullah, TJ Jones and Lance Moore.
Detroit Lions – Five reasons Ryan Broyles could make 53-man roster
- This is the first of his four training camps with the Lions that he is not coming off major offseason surgery (two ACLs and Achilles). It appears he’s regained his speed and his explosiveness.
- Broyles had a good offseason and was solid in OTAs and the three-day minicamp. He was bunched in with the possible returners during both. Bringing that added dimension, could help him keep his job.
- He remains a bit of a mystery since the coaches didn’t use him much in the 2014 season. At one point coach Jim Caldwell said Broyles was trained to run the same routes as Golden Tate and since Tate was never injured Broyles didn’t get a chance.
- He can line up on the outside or in the slot. Versatility always a good thing.
- Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate are absolute locks. Lance Moore and Corey Fuller are favored to make roster. Other than Broyles, that leaves Jeremy Ross and Greg Salas as only veterans who have a solid chance.
Detroit Lions — Five reasons it's OK to be optimistic
- Yes, the Lions blew it in 2012 finishing 4-12 after a successful 2011 season and a trip to the playoffs. These are not the same Lions and it starts at the top with coach Jim Caldwell.
- The defense was ranked second in the NFL last year and will survive the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley thanks to the effective coaching of coordinator Teryl Austin.
- The offense is already looking better because they are in the second year of the new Joe Lombardi style offense. Last year they were working to get the basics, this year even before the start of training camp they are working on the details.
- The run game will be better with Ameer Abdullah and a new-look offensive line. This will take some pressure off Matthew Stafford and let him stretch the field.
- It’s hard to explain but the right mindset is there thanks to Caldwell. Every team’s goal is the Super Bowl and Stafford admitted (when asked) that certainly it is the Lions’ goal too. But first they have to improve on a daily basis.