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WEEK IN REVIEW: OTAs in full swing

Posted May 24, 2014

The draft and rookie mincamp are in the rearview with the Lions shifting their focus to OTAs.

The draft and rookie mincamp are in the rearview with the Lions shifting their focus to OTAs.

The first week is in the books and there is plenty to talk about including the arrival of Ndamukong Suh. Eyebrows were raised this offseason when Suh didn't show up for voluntary workouts or minicamp. Suh explained that he was just following his usual protocol.

“I’ve been in a great program, one that’s dialed in exactly to me, what’s best for my body,” he said. “It has nothing to do with my contract. I have an agent (Jimmy Sexton) that deals with that. It’s an in-house thing. It’s going to stay there. If it was about my contract, I wouldn’t be here now.”

Suh continued his chat with the media by insisting that Detroit is where he wants to be.

Suh, along with the rest of the defense, got to test out Teryl Austin's new scheme in 11-on-11 drills. The enthusiasm on the field was palpable.

“It’s a different feel,” cornerback Darius Slay said. “Everyone out there is enjoying it. We’re embracing the new coaches and taking it in. It’s a new season for us so we’re trying to start it the right way.”

The defense isn't the only unit with a new look. Coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense is starting to take shape. It's a natural fit for running back Reggie Bush, who ran a very similar offense in New Orleans.

Will there be room for tight end Joseph Fauria in the new offense? He's still expected to be a red zone threat, but would like to expand his role beyond that.

Speaking of roles in the offense, Michael Williams is taking on a new one. The Lions liked his blocking so much that they’re converting the tight end to offensive tackle.

That pretty much sums up the week, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so make sure you check out the exclusive practice photos from days one, two and three of OTAs.

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