The Detroit Lions opened their mandatory minicamp Tuesday at 3pm. Here are some of the happenings from yesterday.
- Ndamukong Suh declined to comment to the media. This is not surprising as they have been a little relentless with questioning his contract status. Also, per Dave Birkett, Suh spent some time working out with Mike Barwis this past offseason. Barwis trains NFL, NHL, and other professional athletes at his complex in Plymouth Township. The interesting note is that his training with Barwis was filmed for an upcoming TV show American Muscle.
- Giorgio Tavecchio had a poor day kicking yesterday. Typically kickers have good and bad days. Last week we mentioned Nate Freese having a bad day and Tavecchio having a good day. This just shows the battle has a long way to go before a winner is declared.
- Chris Houston was absent from mandatory camp. This is not a huge surprise given he is recovering from toe surgery. Coach Jim Caldwell said his absence was excused as expected. Dave Birkett raised a good point though. Usually when a player is injured, they will be at camp but inactive so that they can watch and learn the schemes. This is more important in the case of the Lions having a new defense. It leads to speculation that the Detroit Lions are not expecting to have Houston’s services this season.
- Jeremy Ross has won the return job by default. Both Reggie Bush and Golden Tate have backed out of the competition although Tate has said that he would do it if the coaches asked him to. Ross was a good returner for the Lions last season. Speaking of Ross, he is expecting more action in the offensive game plan this year. He worked out at Cal University this offseason hoping to get better. Calvin Johnson said yesterday that he expects Ross will be more involved.
- And finally, Travis Swanson saw some reps at left guard yesterday. While Swanson was drafted to be the center of the future for the Lions, it is safe to say that they want him to be prepared to play any of the inside three positions if a need arises.