Detroit Lions Training Camp: Position Battles Aplenty

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Detroit Lions training camp is a mere five days away! It’s an exciting time for fans, players, coaches, and media. Football is set to return to our lives for the 2014 season, and Super Bowl hopes are high league-wide.

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  • The Lions will enter training camp on July 28 with a 90 man roster, but only 53 players will make the final cut when the regular season kicks off. So, in reality it’s make or break for those that are new to the team or that are not a lock to make the squad.

    There are also some key positions up for grabs, so everyone will be competing — and at a very high level nonetheless.

    Lets take a look at the positions we need to keep our eyes on as camp progresses.

    Aug 2, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (66) during training camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

    Right Tackle:

    Reminiscent of 2013, Corey Hilliard and LaAdrian Waddle will go head-to-head again this season for the starting job on the right end of the offensive line.

    Hilliard would eventually be named starter in 13′, however he fell victim to injury in week one, essentially handing the job over to Waddle. The two are set to compete yet again, and Lions GM, Martin Meyhew has said he is comfortable with either one.

    My Early Prediction: This may be considered an upset, maybe not, but I believe Waddle’s consistent rookie play of a year ago carries over and he wins the starting job entering week one. Hilliard will be ready to pounce though, if Waddle struggles or experiences the dreaded sophomore slump.