The Lions held a three-day voluntary minicamp in Allen Park this week.
Players were able to hit the field with the coaching staff and take part in offense vs. defense drills. Just about every player was in attendance with the exception of
For the players who did attend, this was their first time experiencing a practice led by new head coach Jim Caldwell.
“You look at his track record, more so being around him -- not just hearing about it. It’s fun to be around him and be back and hear what everybody was saying for a couple months. That really is him.
“It’s a sense of calm and a sense of we’re going to do things his way, and that’s it. That’s the bottom line. There’s nothing more to it.”
“We want everyone to be able to sit down and know something about the guy you’re playing with,” Tate said. “I think that’s very important.”
Caldwell was just as pleased to finally be on the field with his players, especially quarterback
“Having the chance to see him work was great,” Caldwell said at the end of minicamp Thursday. “He’s a talented guy. You guys have probably seen him a lot more than I have, but he has just an incredible way about him, too.
“You can see his teammates kind of gravitate toward him. He’s a very good leader, and he works at it. I mean, anything that you tell him, you talk to him about, he’s listening intently and he’s working at it.
“With all the weapons that we have in place, we’ve just got to make certain that we keep things moving in the right direction.”
2014 SCHEDULE RELEASE
The Lions will start their 2014 season in a marquee matchup at home on Monday night against the New York Giants.
“That would be a great way to start the year, especially for myself, being on a new team, a new start and being one of the first primetime games would be special,” Tate said when told of the matchup. “I think first impressions are everything, so it would be a good way to start the season.”
Other key matchups include a London game vs. the Falcons, the Thanksgiving Day matchup vs. the Bears and the season finale in Green Bay.
For a full game-by-game breakdown from Tim Twentyman, see the gallery below:
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- Mike O'Hara started his annual draft preview series. So far he has covered the defensive linemen and linebackers. Stay tuned for the rest of the positon groups starting with the defensive backs Monday morning.
- The Lions continue to do their research on potential draft candidates by bringing them in for visits. The most notable visitors this week included C Marcus Martin, LB Khalil Mack, CB Justin Gilbert and LB Kyle Van Noy.
- In honor of Barry Sanders' draft anniversary, Mike O'Hara explains how Sanders' silver anniversary represents the Lions' golden stroke of luck.
- Special teams coordinator John Bonamego has made it clear that his number one offseason priority is finding a kicker. He invited Jason Hanson to minicamp to get his feedback and opinion on the guys.
- It turns out the fans aren't the only ones interested in Sammy Watkins coming to Detroit - the Lions players are on board too.
Stephen Tullochcalled Watkins a 'once-in-a-10-year-player', and Golden Tate thinks he would be a great addition to the offense.