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5 things to watch: OTAs Week 2

The offseason calendar has flipped to June, and with it the Lions enter the second week of OTA practices.

Here are five things to watch:

**1. Is the offense crisper?


The offense was a bit sloppy in the open portion of OTAs last week. There were false starts, missed assignments and a lot of footballs hitting the ground. Quarterback Matthew Stafford seemed frustrated at one point in team drills after a receiver didn't run the route he expected him to run.

"Obviously, a little bit sloppy in some areas," head coach Jim Caldwell said after the practice. "But that's what we expect from these things. If we looked excellent, if we looked perfect just in terms of our functioning out there, there wouldn't be much for us to do."

Coaches want to see significant improvement both individually and collectively as the offseason progresses. Will we see it from the offense this week?

2. Injury progress

There were a handful of starters that didn't practice at all, and some others who were limited participants because of injuries.

Safety Glover Quin and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker didn't take part in team drills last week. Each is recovering from offseason surgery. Will either do more this week?

Eric Ebron didn't take part in the open practice because of what Caldwell described as a "bumps and bruises" situation. Will he be back in the fold this week?

Ameer Abdullah (shoulder), Caraun Reid, Brandon Pettigrew (knee), Michael Ola and some others also didn't practice.

**3. Is Taylor Decker still on the left side?


Both Caldwell and general manager Bob Quinn have said multiple times this offseason that Decker would play both sides as the team determines the best fit for both Decker and the team.

The Lions' first-round draft pick played exclusively on the left side with the starters during last week's open OTA practice. Veteran Riley Reiff played right tackle.

Will that be the combination this week during the open session?

4. Fifth receiver spot is wide open

The real competition for roster spots doesn't start until training camp, but players can certainly put themselves in good standing with the coaches heading into camp with a good spring and summer.

Teams typically keep five receivers on the roster. Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Jeremy Kerley and TJ Jones look to be the top four at this point, though that could change in August.

The competition for the final spot seems wide open. Will it go to a veteran like Corey Fuller? Can an undrafted rookie like Jay Lee or Quinshad Davis do enough to win it? Will a surprise name emerge?

It's something to keep an eye on over the course of the next few weeks.

5. Depth chart

The Lions won't release an unofficial depth chart until Week 1 of the regular season, but these open OTA sessions do give us a little preview into the pecking order at a number of positions.

It gives us a bit of a clue as to where the competition for playing time and roster spots might be the fiercest when camp starts.

Do players rotate in some with the first team? Are they playing multiple spots with the second team -- something second-year cornerback Alex Carter did last week playing both on the outside and in the nickel last week.

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