After covering the previous weekend's three-day rookie orientation, detroitlions.com took a different turn this week.
Tim Twentyman, Mike O'Hara and staff turned attention to individual features, covering a range of players and topics, including which position groups would have the highest level of competition heading into the regular season.
- Speaking of position battles, the Lions will see one for their third linebacker spot (established starters:
Stephen Tullochand DeAndre Levy). Currently in the running are Ashlee Palmer, Tahir Whiteheadand Travis Lewis. Palmer is the early favorite, but says he isn't taking anything for granted.
- Whitehead is reaping the rewards of a "redshirt" rookie season as he focuses on competing for the job.
- At the outset of the week, Twentyman interviewed RB
Mikel Leshoure, who is looking forward to what is essentially his second NFL season. Leshoure suffered an Achilles injury early in training camp his rookie season and says he is just now feeling like his old self.
- "I do feel a little bit more burst now. I do feel like I’m getting stronger," said Leshoure.
- New Lions' RB
Reggie Bushwas also in the news this week. Former Lion Billy Sims says he has no doubt Bush will make an impact on the 2013 Lions.
- Bush himself is looking forward to his role within the Lions' offense, expecting it to be reminiscent of his time with New Orleans.
- Twentyman also dug into DE
Willie Young's offseason and his decision to sign a one-year contract instead of his restricted free agent tender. Ultimately, he decided to treat the 2013 season as a job interview.
- Keeping with the defensive line, Tim Twentyman also reported that
Nick Fairleybelieves he and Ndamukong Suhare the best defensive tackle tandem in the NFL.
- Already making an impact on the defensive line is co-defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
- After QB
Matthew Staffordwas named No. 76 on the NFL's 2013 Top 100 Players, LB Stephen Tulloch was named No. 63.
Glover Quinsays he is getting acclimated to the Detroit area, utilizing Twitter to connect with fans.
- Returner Josh Cribbs visited the Lions earlier in the week, but ultimately signed with the Oakland Raiders.
- Shifting gears from the field to the ice, LB Travis Lewis discussed his newfound love of the Red Wings and the NFL. He is fully embracing "football on ice" and has become a passionate fan this playoff season.
- The Lions assisted in cleaning up Detroit's historic Avenue of Fashion. CB
Ron Bartell- a native Detroiter - assisted in the Living For The City effort as someone deeply rooted in the city.