With the close of the NFL Draft it is natural to ask, what next? Things settle down over the next couple months but that doesn’t mean the Lions will be enjoying Summer vacation on a beach somewhere. The next big calendar item is the Detroit Lions rookie minicamp which will be held May 10-12 at the team’s training facility in Allen Park.
In addition to the Lions’ 2013 draft class and players signed after the draft as undrafted free agents, other players who have been with the Lions but have not accrued a year of service towards pension benefits is eligible to participate. One pension credit is earned by spending three games on the active or inactive list, injured reserve, or the PUP list during the season. That means a player like Chris Greenwood is not eligible (PUP/IR) despite not playing as a rookie but a player like Rodney Austin is (practice squad).
Rookie minicamp gives the players and coaches a chance to get familiar with one another so that when the full team comes together for OTAs later in the month, less time is spent on teaching/orientation. The Lions have chosen May 21-23, 28-29, 31, June 3-4 and 6-7 as their ten allowed OTA days.
OTAs will be capped off with a mandatory minicamp June 11-13. The close of minicamp will mark the last time the team is together before the opening of training camp in late July. This would be a good time to give the “be on your best behavior” chat.