This week marked the first this offseason that Detroit Lions veterans suited up and practiced team drills.
Perhaps the most exciting piece of news to come out of that event wasn't news at all. It was the first photo of RB Reggie Bush in a Detroit Lions uniform.
The photo -- sent out Tuesday morning after the first organized team activity of the 2013 offseason was underway -- received 523 retweets and 230 replies on Twitter and 7,215 likes and 1,273 shares on Facebook.
Following the second OTA, Bush spoke with the local media wearing a shirt that said, "Train, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Made in Detroit" wrapped around a Detroit Lions logo.
"I came here to work," he said when asked if there was enough excitement in the Detroit area after spending time at USC, New Orleans and Miami.
The eighth-year veteran is certainly showing his passion for being part of a winning football team in 2013.
With OTAs kicking off, the veterans and rookies came together for practice for the first time this offseason.
"(It's) to just see what he might need work on and how we can help him out," said Johnson.
Other news items from this week include:
- Mike O'Hara reports that QB
Matthew Stafforddeclared without hesitation that he sees this group in 2013 as "his team". He believes his teammates view it the same way.
- Rookie DE Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah participating in his first practice session with the vets. Ansah is approaching his time with experienced players without trepidation, simply looking to absorb as much as possible.
- Linebackers coach Matt Burke says
Ashlee Palmer, Travis Lewisand Tahir Whiteheadare all on equal ground when it comes to competing for the open starting outside linebacker spot.
- Tim Twentyman reported following the team's first OTA on Tuesday that S
Louis Delmasis not taking part in the sessions, but WR Nate Burlesonis back on the field, participating after breaking his leg at Chicago last season.
Glover Quinis looking forward to eventually practicing with Delmas, saying chemistry between players in the secondary is invaluable.
Chris Houstonalso accounts for a good amount of veteran leadership within the secondary and will be an integral part of mentoring Detroit's young, drafted corners.
- One of those young corners, second-year pro
Chris Greenwood, is looking to translate a year's worth of classroom-only work to the football field.
Brandon Pettigrewsays he definitely took a step back in 2012. He has lost 10 pounds and is looking forward to working with his new position coach, Bobby Johnson, on fundamentals.
- Off the football field, DT
Ndamukong Suhpaid a visit to Joe Louis Arena to take a Zamboni ride during the Red Wings' 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night.