The first week following the conclusion of the offseason conditioning program, things were much quieter in Allen Park than they have been the past two months.
That doesn't mean there wasn't anything to discuss, however.
Detroitlions.com writers Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara had plenty to talk about including training camp competition, the state of special teams, players drawing attention for solid offseasons and more.
Let's start with special teams because there was a lot touched on this week.
The Detroit Lions drafted punter Sam Martin in the fifth round, drawing some criticism from fans for taking a player at that position so high.
Not so fast, said Tim Twentyman. Looking back to last season, nine of the top 10 punters in net average were drafted by their respective teams ... and the average position for drafting a punter is almost exactly where the Lions took Martin.
Keeping with cover teams, Bonamego also said that having top-notch units to cover kicks and punts is significantly more important than having an explosive return man.
That doesn't mean the Lions won't take both if they can get it.
Aside from players such as
"That's more situational," said Bonamego. "'We need one, let's put him back there and let's see if he can make something happen.'"
Other stories from this week:
- Head coach Jim Schwartz has been impressed with RB
Joique Bellthis offseason as he built upon his solid 2012 season.
- In his weekly 10 Questions column, Tim Twentyman says there has been too much made of QB
Matthew Stafford's mechanics.
- This week's NFC North article is focused on the way each of the division's teams addressed weaknesses during the offseason.
- Mike O'Hara looks at the way WR
Ryan Broyleshas defied odds on his road to recovery from the ACL injury he suffered toward the end of last season.
- Taking a look at the defensive line, DT
C.J. Mosleyis adjusting well to the Lions' rush-first scheme and DE Willie Youngalready sees a difference after spending an offseason with Jim Washburn.
- Rookie linemen Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah and
Larry Warfordhad the opportunity to spend a day at one of the Detroit Lions' youth camps at Ford Field.