The Lions have entered the final week of the 2013 offseason training program, concluding with a mandatory three-day mini-camp Tuesday-Thursday.
Mini-camp won't look a whole lot different than the three OTA practices that were open to the media. There's still no pads or contact, but teams are allowed to keep players in the building longer (up to 10 hours) with meetings, film study and walkthroughs. And, of course, this is mandatory, whereas OTAs were voluntary.
"Honestly, mini-camp is just an extension of our OTAs. It's really no different," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. "You know, we have 10 OTA days and we have three mini-camp practices. Really, it's just 13 practices."
Still, it's important to end the offseason well before the players and coaches break for roughly six weeks prior to the start of training camp.
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The big key for the Lions is to finish their installation so they can hit the ground running when everyone returns to Allen Park for training camp.
"We just like to get most of our installation done before we get to training camp and if we can get the players comfortable with the scheme when they get to training camp, it can be about physical talent and competition and not so much about trying to learn the playbook," Schwartz said.
Ndamukong Suh thinks the Lions have done a pretty good job in that aspect dating back to mid-April, when the offseason program began.
"I think we've gotten a lot done in OTAs," Suh told reporters this weekend at his football camp. "Really, we put the majority of our basic defense in and obviously we have a ton more when we get into true game planning, but we put our basic defense in, which is exciting.
"Get to see some things ... now it's an opportunity to go into mini-camp and refine everything and be able to continue."