Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand probably said it best Wednesday in an interview with WXYT that there's no "honeymoon period" for the team's young players.
"Everybody has to contribute," Lewand said. "There is typically a leap that takes place between the rookie year and the second year, and you see some guys who produced some promising results, but too small of a sample size."
Cornerback Bill Bentley would be one of those players. He flashed some playmaking ability early on as a rookie but a shoulder injury limited him to just four games.
"We're expecting that those guys step up and contribute," Lewand said. "We expect not only a lot of that class (2012), but this year's class, too.
"Those guys are going to be expected to step in and contribute right away, just as they were in mini-camp and OTAs. They were thrown right into the mix."
Defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, cornerback
"When Darius Slay got out there he was thrown right in with the big boys (this offseason), there were no training wheels on him when he came off his little meniscus scope," said Lewand.
The Lions have a good mix of veterans on the roster, but the young talent needs to step up to the plate and be good right away if the Lions are going to get back to their winning ways of 2011.