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WEEK IN REVIEW: Offseason is over

Posted Jul 26, 2014

With players reporting for training camp on Sunday, the offseason officially came to an end this week.

This week marked the end of the 2014 offseason as Lions rookies reported for training camp on Tuesday with veterans following suit on Sunday.

It was a busy offseason for the Lions that began with the hiring of head coach Jim Caldwell back in January.

All the work over the past several months will be showcased when the team takes the field for its Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants.

When the Lions hit the field that night at Ford Field, the players will be wearing a special patch that will remain on the club's jerseys throughout the season to honor the memory of former team owner William Clay Ford.

This season, the team will be relying heavily on quarterback Matthew Stafford's continued progression, Mike O'Hara wrote earlier this week.

Stafford acknowledged that he still has plenty of room to grow in a conversation with O'Hara this offseason.

“There’s no question there were times when the pocket was really good in front of me, the guy was open on time and I wasn’t as good as I could possibly be,” Stafford said.

The Lions quarterback is one of several players with plenty of pressure to perform this year.

We are getting closer and closer to the debut of the 2014 Detroit Lions.

Last Sunday, July 20, marked 50 days until the Lions' season opener on Monday Night Football. In honor of being 50 days out, we took a look at the top 50 photos from the 2014 offseason:

SUMMER VACATION IS OVER

The end of the offseason also means an end to summer travels for the Lions players. Over the past month, Lions could be seen all over the globe.

Ndamukong Suh appeared at the World Cup in Brazil, Stephen Tulloch represented the Lions to promote the team's Week 8 game at Wembley Stadium and Reggie Bush traveled to both Europe and Australia.

While Bush was down under, he did some bridge climbing and picked up some rugby pointers.

NEXT STOP: TRAINING CAMP

Lions rookies reported to the team's Allen Park practice facility on Tuesday and hit the field for their conditioning test upon arrival. DetroitLions.com was there to take exclusive photos of the test, which players must pass before taking the practice field.

The Lions are the last team in the NFL to report for training camp, so with the team's NFC North rivals starting their practices this week, Tim Twentyman took a look at some questions surrounding each of the division's teams entering training camp.

The team's first-round pick, tight end Eric Ebron knows that people have high expectations for him right out of the gate.

“You got picked first, come on, you’re supposed to help,” Ebron said Tuesday as he reported for training camp. “That’s really the only thing that weighs above my head.

“My goals are just to help us succeed. Everyone has their own individual goals but my personal goal is to not let Michigan down. You got picked first. You’re here. It’s about us in this facility (who) grind and go out there in this heat and work to be something great.”

Twentyman reported that the Lions will be without a trio of players, who also had to sit out some of the club's offseason practices with shoulder injuries. Ziggy Ansah, TJ Jones and Golden Tate will all start camp on the physically unable to perform list.

In his 10Questions with 20Man feature, Twentyman answered fan questions submitted via Twitter entering the Lions' 2014 training camp.

TRAINING CAMP TIDBITS

This week we wrapped up our training camp previews. See below for links to all of Twentyman's position-by-position breakdowns:

Cornerbacks
Wide receivers
Safeties
Fullbacks
Quarterbacks
Tight ends
Offensive line
Linebackers
Defensive line
Specialists
Running backs

Twentyman also capped off his look at the top players at various positions that the Lions will play against this year:

Cornerbacks
Wide receivers
Safeties
Quarterbacks
Tight ends
Offensive line
Linebackers
Defensive line
Specialists
Running backs

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