The start of training camp was a welcomed event for the Detroit Lions after a tumultuous offseason that saw a second hand needed to count the number of arrests. Cliff Avril wasn’t there at the start but didn’t wait long to report and sign the contract due to him as a result of the franchise tag. More good news came with Bill Bentley making a good impression early in camp and showing he could be ready to take on a starting role.
Anticipation was running so high that even the preseason games were selling out.
Mikel Leshoure was slowed by nagging injuries early in camp but put those behind him by mid-August. It was good news considering Jahvid Best was not practicing and it was looking likely that he would start the season on the PUP list.
Kellen Moore was the subject of much scrutiny during the draft process and that transformed into curiosity as he tried to make the Detroit Lions roster. ESPN’s John Clayton said that Moore was likely headed to the practice squad but Moore survived the final cuts to secure a spot on the Lions’ 53-man roster.
August also marked the one year anniversary of beat writer Tom Kowalski’s death. SLR’s Brandon Folsom remembered ‘Killer’ with an open letter.