And there's plenty of on-the-field action to talk about starting with head coach Jim Caldwell.
As a new coach in Detroit, Caldwell has garnered his fair share of attention.
He's a big hit with the players, who value his coaching philosophy.
"Coach Caldwell man, he's something special," LB
Caldwell, unlike his predecessors, has not inherited a rebuilding project. The opportunity to win, and win now, is there. And Caldwell's no stranger to winning, having won two Super Bowl titles as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively.
He'll have plenty of weapons to pick from including popular offseason acquisition WR
Ebron has had some trouble with drops in the past, but the Lions aren't worried about it just yet.
Ebron's ability to make plays in the passing game also adds another layer to the stiff competition at wide receiver.
LIONS IN THE D
Practice was held at Wayne State University's Adams Field Wednesday night to make it more accessible to fans and to give the players a change of pace.
The practice was of special significance to running back
“It’s not even just good publicity for us and Wayne State, but it’s more-so reaching out to the community -- the people who might not have transportation to come to practice here (in Allen Park),” Bell said. “It shows we’re here for the right reason.”
Bell kicked off practice by pumping up the crowd:
Tim Twentyman caught up with several coaches to get an in depth look at the team, position-by-position.
Despite high preseason unit rankings, the Lions offensive line isn't buying into the hype. The only numbers coach Jeremiah Washburn uses to measure his line's performance last season are seven and nine.
“As a group, we need to be better,” he said. “We weren’t good enough last year. That’s something that we all recognize in that room. We weren’t good enough. We were a 7-9 offensive line and that’s that.
Improvement is the message on the other side of the ball, too.
“The safety is exactly what it is, a safety,” Quin said. “A lot of guys are playing man (defense). The safeties are playing man. We have to be that last line of defense. We have to be great tacklers.
The pressure will certainly be on for the secondary to perform, especially with the defense expecting to up the blitz percentage in 2014.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:
- The Lions had a Barry special visitor this week. Get it? Sanders' advice? Face adversity and thrive.
- The Lions have put a lot of faith in
Darius Slayand so far this offseason he hasn’t let them down. In fact, he says his confidence has skyrocketed.
Ashlee Palmerisn’t worried about a rookie vying for his job. He’s here to play football and enjoy the competition.
- At least on the surface, running back
Reggie Bushis defying the NFL theory that the shelf life for running backs is shorter than for most other positions.