Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) during 2nd half of a game at Ford Field. Bear won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Ndamukong Suh clearly got along better with teammates, media in 2012
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

While Suh’s play on the field took a noticeable step forward, so too did the way he carries himself off of it and in the locker room with his teammates, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

“The one thing I’ll say about him is that I see growth in him as a player and as a teammate and as a guy,” said Mayhew, who singled out Suh after the season as the only returning starter on defense to perform noticeably better in 2012 than he did in 2011.

“The 2011 Ndamukong Suh, he was okay. In 2012, I kind of liked him better, you know. I think I’m going to like 2013 Ndamukong Suh more than 2012 Ndamukong Suh.”

Mayhew isn’t just referring to his play on the field.

There was a noticeable difference this year with Suh and the way he interacted with his teammates at practice and in the locker room.

Lions DE Ronnell Lewis might play bigger role in 2013
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

The Lions drafted him with immediate intentions of bolstering their special teams, and he spent the final seven games inactive.

But with their defensive end position in flux entering the off-season, general manager Martin Mayhew said rookie Ronnell Lewis might be a potential fix as a pass rusher.

“I think he’s going to be a factor going forward,” Mayhew said in his end-of-season sit-down with reporters last week. “I think he’ll be a good rotational defensive end/special-teams player for us. He’s got ability, without question. He’s good on special teams — he just didn’t have quite enough impact to make one of those other guys inactive (this year).”

The Best Free Agent Fit at Every Position for the Detroit Lions
Chris Madden – Bleacher Report

The draft is obviously a big part of their plan but, given the number of players they could be losing, the Lions are going to have to be active in free agency as well.

I’m not talking about scraping the bottom of the barrel for throw-away players that no one else wants either. Mayhew tried it that way and look where it got him.

The Lions will need to take a look at some marquee FAs to replace some of their top players.

Here are the best free agent fits, per position, for the Lions:

NFL Players Association assists former Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers to battle marijuana, alcohol issues
Andy Hoag – MLive.com

Other stints in rehab didn’t stick, and Charles Rogers is in treatment again, this time with the support and backing of the National Football League Players Association.

Rogers, the former Saginaw High School star athlete and former Detroit Lions wide receiver accused of threatening to kill his mother, is in a drug and alcohol treatment facility through the players union.

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