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WEEK IN REVIEW: Minicamp wrap-up

Posted Jun 14, 2014

Consider the Lions offseason program officially over. The team wrapped up their three-day minicamp Thursday and won't be back until training camp starts.

Consider the Lions offseason program officially over.

The team wrapped up their three-day minicamp Thursday and won't be back until training camp starts.

Head coach Jim Caldwell likes the progress he's seeing and has a better feel for his team heading into training camp.

“I thought they prepared well," he said. "They worked hard. They certainly didn’t flinch under all the circumstances that we had to deal with, whether it was raining or cold or whatever it might be.

“I thought they did a nice job of lessening the number of mistakes that we had. We had fewer and fewer mistakes as our practices went on, which is the way it’s supposed to be. We were pleased with the effort they gave us as well, so a lot of guys are making real good progress. We like where we are.”

Caldwell introduced the "ladder cam" to practice for quarterback Matthew Stafford. It provides an overhead view as well as a view from behind the quarterback.

Stafford already has a lot of eyes on him this year, but what's one more?

”This is the first time I’ve been filmed from that overhead view,” Stafford said. “It’s interesting. It’s cool. It’s good for a quarterback, a quarterback coach, to go over just where your feet are, where your head is, where your eyes are, where the ball gets placed.”

Stafford's also getting an up close look at the development of rookie tight end Eric Ebron.

The first-round pick is starting to come along as he learns the offense, showing his athleticism on the field.

“Figuring out the offense, you’ll never be 100 percent," Ebron said. "But at least knowing what to do, where to line up and where to be, now I can do the things that got me here.”

TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW
Roles are determined in training camp, but minicamp did provide a little preview.

When linebacker Stephen Tulloch didn't participate in Wednesday's practice for undisclosed reasons, third-year linebacker Tahir Whitehead filled in for him in the middle.

Whitehead, who mostly played outside his first two seasons, explained that the linebackers are practicing versatility.

“We try to rotate a few guys so everyone can get to learn three positions so you can know the whole defense," Whitehead said.

“I never played MIKE until last week, but playing it the last couple weeks I’ve been getting comfortable with it and see myself being able to do it if they need me to.”

Also showing off his versatility is wide receiver Jeremy Ross.

Primarily used at the Lions' return man last season, Ross hopes to expand his role this year.

Will he see more action as a slot receiver? Only training camp will tell.

And what about some of the third-year players like cornerback Chris Greenwood and quarterback Kellen Moore, who might be fighting for a roster spot?

Greenwood, who's been dealing with injuries since he joined the team in 2012, knows roster spots aren't won on the sidelines.

And Moore, who's never been active for a regular season game and doesn't know if the Lions will keep three quarterbacks on the roster, is only worrying about the things he can control: learning a new offense and performing when called on.

It will be interesting to watch how it all unfolds when the team reassembles for training camp later this summer.

That's still awhile away though, so until then, relive all of the minicamp action with photos from days one, two and three.

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