This was the traditional swirl of training camp’s first practice: extra players running around trying to make the team, guys scrambling to drill stations on the fly and coaches barking for faster tempo. The chaos was ramped up by the tight schedule the NFL lockout caused and a move indoors due to heavy overnight rain.
In the middle of it all, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz couldn’t help but take note of one prized group from what is often an anonymous position.
No doubt, it’s going to take awhile to see what the mammoth defensive tackle has left in the tank after 10 NFL seasons spent banging helmets and bodies in the trenches, occupying blockers and grabbing jerseys and trying to be a mover and shaker for the Detroit Lions (seven seasons) and Cleveland Browns (three).
Orlovsky, who went to college at Connecticut, is entering his seventh NFL season. He’s only had significant playing time in one of those years, when he was 143-of-255 for 1,616 yards and eight touchdowns with the Detroit Lions in 2008. Since moving to Houston after that season, Orlovsky hasn’t attempted a pass.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.