Previous Month: April
The NFL Draft fresh in people’s minds, and rookies like Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best were soon going to get their first taste of the NFL. Even before Suh stepped a foot on the football field, he had the second highest selling jersey for a rookie, after of course Timothy Tebow. During OTA’s, coaches and players raved about Suh’s work ethic, and Best’s explosiveness. The OTA’s also gave the coaches and fans a chance to see the many new faces the 2010 offseason had brought so far. Players like Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tony Scheffler, Corey Williams, and Army grad Caleb Campbell, who was finally eligible to play in the NFL, were amongst the many new faces in Allen Park.
The month of May not only brought flowers from the April showers, but saw right tackle Gosder Cherilus blossom into the player we all thought he could become during OTAs. In other news, Daunte Culpepper signed with the Lions…err the Mountain Lions of Sacramento that is. C.C. Brown landed in the MoTown, Giants nation rejoiced. Pacman Jones signed with the Bengals, Lions nation weeped. And we finally found out what arouses the nonchalant Jim Schwartz…YouTube videos of Jahvid Best.
Plenty of undrafted rookies got a second chance at an NFL career. Altogether, the Lions signed ten undrafted rookie free agents. Guys like Aaron Berry and Randy Philips have made the roster at one point or another in the season. Surprisingly enough, the Lions didn’t make Forbes list of the twelve most losing teams in sports history. Even more surprisingly (now that we look back), the Lions were ranked higher than the Bears by Peter King in his offseason power ranking. The Lions in Winter showed us just how putrid the Lions secondary has been over the last decade, and a certain member of Pride of Detroit gave us some comical relief.
The month ended with the Lions pursuing free agent linebacker Keith Bullock, and Keith Bullocks pursuing anyone other than the Lions. The end of the month was also the beginning of the long contract talks between the Lions front office and Ndamukong Suh and his agents. Overall, there wasn’t too much happening in May. The early part of the month was basically consumed by post-draft activities, while the latter half saw even less activity.
Next Month: June
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