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This week’s edition comes as the Lions wrap up their first week of training camp.
1. Brian M.: What do you think of the Lions secondary after the fist week of camp? Was Houston a steal, or is it just camp hype?
2. First Impression of Camp?
Here is the panel for this week (Click here to view all responses):
My answers comes after the jump…
1. My opinion of the secondary hasn’t changed much after one week of camp. I still believe they will be the weakest link of this team and it will take a lot more than training camp rumblings before I start feeling good about them as a unit. Hopefully Louis Delmas starts feeling 100% very soon. I have always subscribed to the “were there is smoke there is fire” theory regarding reports like the one that came out about Delmas from Pro Football Talk. If his groin forces him to miss an extended period of time then the Lions are in trouble. Chris Houston is a nice pick up for the price they paid. The reports about his ability to hang with Calvin Johnson are certainly encouraging but I won’t get too excited until he does it against someone in opposing colors.
2. The talent level is certainly upgraded from a year ago, but the most positive factor to me is the philosophical continuity from year-to-year. The Lions return their quarterback, offensive coordinator, and scheme; something they have very rarely done over the last two decades. Last year was a learning year, this can be a refining year. Scott Linehan referred to developing their “bread and butter” plays on offense in an interview last week. That isn’t something that can be done when the primary concern is just learning the playbook.
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