5 things learned about the Lions this week
Five things learned about the Lions this week:
1. Nick Fairley needs to grow up. His actions are a bad reflection on a team that is mostly full of guys who get it. Look he’s a young guy and if he wants to go drinking on his days off in Mobile, Ala., fine. He has to arrange for transportation ahead. He can afford it. And after his first arrest on April 3, he should have gotten his act together. His arrest for suspicion of drunken driving was absolutely inexcusable. He was back on the practice field on Monday, but this is not over for him. He’ll be suspended by the NFL for probably four games and the Lions will make him earn his time even on the practice field. Last year because of his injured foot, he was behind Sammie Hill on the depth chart. I don’t expect that will change anytime soon. He was lining up with the second group during OTAs on Monday.
2. The draft class of 2011, with the exception of Doug Hogue, has been disappointing off the field. Other players say it’s not a distraction, but it is taking away from an offseason where fans should be talking about their expectations for the season, not about possible suspensions for immature players.
3. All that hand-wringing after WR Ryan Broyles was drafted in the second round might have been for naught. Broyles was back on the field in OTAs this week and caught a deep ball that was an eye-opener. He’s not at 100 percent, but he’s darned close. He was practicing with no wrap or bandage on his knee which underwent ACL surgery six months ago
4. While it’s way too early to know how things will shake out for the cornerbacks, Aaron Berry was lining up with Chris Houston during OTAs on Monday (the only day they were open to the media this week.) Berry, who was signed in 2010 as undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh, played in 11 games, starting three last season. He missed the final three regular season games, but was back for the playoff loss at New Orleans. He’s just 23, still plenty of time to develop.
5. It was good to see Jim Schwartz, Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill at the media day for the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood. They weren’t just there to get a look at the historic old course, it was a good gesture to get out in the community and promote the event.
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