This week marked the final organized team activities (OTA) of the offseason prior to next week's three-day mandatory mini-camp.
Detroit Lions Vice Chairman Bill Ford paid a visit to the practice field on Tuesday when the session was opened to the general media.
Ford expressed his optimism toward the 2013 season.
"I think we've got a quarterback and there are teams in the league who can't say that," Ford told reporters.
"Obviously, we have a lot of talent around this quarterback as well, so, those are reasons (to be optimistic about 2013)."
Ford also talked about Martin Mayhew, Jim Schwartz and the addition of
Keeping with the topic of
Additional news to come out of this week in Allen Park:
- The Detroit Lions hosted season ticket holders for an open practice on Thursday, capping off the session with a meet-and-greet.
- Tim Twentyman once again answered fan questions from Twitter, addressing position battles, Reggie Bush's role this upcoming season and whether the Lions will add any more veterans prior to training camp.
Ndamukong Suhcame in at No. 40 on the NFL's top 100 players of 2013. Mike O'Hara explains why Suh doesn't plan on changing his aggressive style of play.
- Youth was a focal point this week as Tim Twentyman noted that the Lions feature just one player on defense over 29 years old.
- Veteran WR
Calvin Johnsonis having an impact on rookie WR Corey Fuller.
- With S
Louis Delmasnot participating in this offseason's voluntary workouts, Don Careyhas seen valuable reps with new starter Glover Quin.
- Coming off a rookie season cut short due to injury, CB
Bill Bentleyis working diligently heading into training camp.
- The Lions continue to draw attention for their increase in size on both sides of the ball. Tim Twentyman takes a look at how size at cornerback is already making an impact.
Jason Jonesbelieves size will help the defensive line as well, both for knocking passes down and the intimidation factor.
- Detroit's style of defense dictates defensive linemen attack first, which puts additional pressure on the Lions' linebackers.
- Flipping sides of the ball, G
Rob Simsand C Dominic Raiolafind themselves the veterans along a very young offensive line group.
- The Lions did make a point to add a veterans to the offensive line this week, though, signing
Leroy Harrisand Jake Scott.