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DJC Morning Drive: Ryan Broyles On Track, Detroit Lions History and Championship DNA

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This Monday on the Detroit Jock City Morning Drive brings us back to Detroit Lions.  With a few more weeks until training camp begins Lions beat writers took time to look forward to the season ahead and look back at Lions teams of the past.

Our own Nate Williams started a review of the 50 greatest Lions of all-time while beat writer Mike  O’Hara carved out the Detroit Lions mount Rushmore.

But while the media and bloggers were looking back the Detroit Lions themseleves were looking forward.  There were new developements on Ryan Broyles and how he may contribute to the 2014 squad and new saefty James Ihedigbo was caught drinking the cool aid.

From the Freep: Ryan Broyles Progressing After Torn Achilles

Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles had a good mini-camp, making impressive catches and flashing his speed and agility as he showed good progress in his return from a torn Achilles tendon last season. “I haven’t felt this healthy to do anything in the off-season,” he said. “I (couldn’t do) a lot of pounding. But this off-season I feel like I’m going to be able to get a full off-season.”

From Detroitlions.com: Detroit Lions Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore has become the symbolic shrine where the best of the best reside and look down on all others in their respective sport. There is room for debate on who belongs on Mount Rushmore, but it is an exclusive club, restricted to four members. The limit is carved in granite – just like the hallowed national memorial where the 60-foot heads of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt have been cut into the Black Hills of western South Dakota. It’s four and no more.

From MLive: Detroit Lions Have Championship DNA

“It’s one of those things, you can feel it,” Ihedigbo said. “With this team, I can feel the makings of a championship-DNA team. Are we willing to sacrifice? That’s the question, and I know we are. There are guys in this locker room that are willing to pay the price, whatever it is, to put the work in to be a champion. Yeah, we definitely have that championship DNA.”

From ESPN: Detroit Lions History By The Numbers

We’ll be looking at the history of the Detroit Lions from a little bit different perspective — history through the numbers. Each weekday will feature a set of numbers counting down from 100.
The series continues with Nos. 20-11. Most of the numbers came from research on the Detroit Lions website, record books, Pro-Football-Reference.com and ESPN Stats & Information.

From The Freep: N’damukong Suh Spending Time In Oregon

It may have bothered some people in Detroit that Ndamukong Suh doesn’t spend time with the Lions during voluntary workouts in the off-season. But, as Oregonian columnist John Canzano discovers while spending time with Suh this past week, the defensive tackle naturally likes to keep to himself and stay out of the public eye.

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