It’s Monday on the Detroit Jock City Morning Drive and that means its time to talk Detroit Lions football.
It is a calm before the storm of NFL training camps begin in late July. The Lions have a lot to work on this offseason including new offensive and defensive schemes. With new coaches to teach the new schemes and new personnel to learn them, a successful training camp is vital for the Lions this season.
What is interesting is to see how differently each Lions player is handling the challenge of a transition season. Here are some of the Detroit Lions stories you may have missed over the last week.
From the Detroit Free Press: James Ihedigbo getting used to teammates in familiar system
After spending the past two years in Teryl Austin’s secondary with the Baltimore Ravens, the Detroit Lions’ strong safety had the terminology of his new defensive coordinator down pat by the time he arrived as a free agent in Allen Park this offseason. Ihedigbo’s biggest challenge was getting to know new teammates like corner backs Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis. The defensive backs play the farthest from each other on the field, which makes communication — verbal and otherwise — imperative to success.
From the Sidelion Report: Detroit Lions Salary Cap Update
The Detroit Lions have all their draft picks under contract and aren’t likely to see any major roster changes before training camp begins towards the end of July. That being said, let’s take a look at where the Lions stand in terms of salary cap space compared to the rest of the league.
From ESPN: Don’t Blame Suh For Not Signing Deal
Players are often treated as commodities by fans when it comes to contracts, and realistically, by their play. They are expected to show loyalty to a franchise and a city that most of them have no connection to other than they were drafted by the team and had no choice but to spend the first three, four or five years of their careers there.
From The Freep: Suh Visits World Cup
“The USA team has been great to watch,” said Suh, who played soccer growing up in Oregon and is the son of a former pro. “In a true team sport like American football and, obviously, European and world football, as I know it, from my dad, it’s just all about how good your team is as a whole.”
From Detroitlions.com: Detroit Lions Rookies Undergo Extra Prep
“This rookie week is probably about the only time I can spend all of my attention with the rookies,” Duncan told detroitlions.com. “All the time getting them prepared for the business world. Getting them prepared for Symposium. Getting them prepared for the football season.