WEEK IN REVIEW: Players report for offseason workouts

Posted Apr 12, 2014

Lions begin offseason workouts, announce preseason opponents and embrace a fresh start.

The Detroit Lions were able to start their offseason training program two weeks earlier than teams who did not make a head coaching change. Players reported Monday for workouts.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh made waves in the media by not showing up. Head Coach Jim Caldwell expressed that while he would like for everyone to be in attendance, he wasn't blindsided by Suh's absence.

"It certainly didn't blindside me," Caldwell told media members Thursday. "He and I have probably had more discussions than any player on the team. He was here actually a couple days when I came to visit. We kind of knew exactly what was going on."

Suh's absence hasn't seemed to bother any of his teammates as they are ready to get back to work.

"It's a clean slate," running back Reggie Bush told reporters Thursday morning. "No matter what happened last year, it has no bearing on this season."

"We're excited at the opportunity to start over and begin something new and just kind of embark on this journey toward a championship."

Quarterback Matthew Stafford agrees with the fresh-start mentality, admitting that "Nobody puts more pressure on me than I do."