May 10, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tightened Michael Williams (89) during rookie mini camp at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions see best, worst of Ziggy Ansah in rookie camp’s Day 1
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

First day on the job, first position drill during rookie mini-camp and Ziggy Ansah, the Detroit Lions’ first-round draft pick, jumped the snap count. Later he jumped offside again on the first snap of an 11-on-11 drill.

A little nervous, perhaps?

“Yeah,” he said with a smile. “I was able to get it out.”

It was a hectic but productive day for Ansah, the defensive end from BYU. It started with him signing a four-year contract with the Lions worth nearly $18.6 million, including an $11.9 million signing bonus.

Lions’ Larry Warford headed in right direction – on the field
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Warford, a third-round draft pick from Kentucky, was preparing to drive north to take part in a three-day rookie minicamp that kicked off Friday when he made his first rookie mistake. That’s when veteran offensive tackle Jason Fox had to bail him out.

“I was like, ‘I’m just going to drive up there and find out what happens,’ ” Warford said. “So I literally entered ‘Detroit’ in my Google maps and stuff and just hit ‘route’ and drove up here. And once I got to downtown Detroit, I was like, ‘Jason, where do I go?’ So he just texted me and told me that if I need anything he’s willing to help me.”

Missing Pieces the Detroit Lions Could Still Land
Dean Holden – Bleacher Report

But regardless of who fills these positions (and whether or not the person is currently on the roster), here are the spots on the team the Lions should be most concerned with filling.

Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz not concerned about rookie CB Darius Slay falling behind
Justin Rogers –

The Detroit Lions opened rookie minicamp on Friday, but second-round draft pick Darius Slay was unable to practice after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to address a torn meniscus.

While coach Jim Schwartz would prefer to have a fully healthy roster, he’s comfortable with Slay missing this portion of the offseason.

Detroit Lions Rumors: Josh Cribbs Could Solve Kick Return Problems
Chris Katje – Rant Sports

One of the many problems that led to the Detroit Lions’ poor 2012 record of 4-12 was special teams. While the team gave up many big plays on special teams and let teams return kickoffs and punts for touchdowns, the team struggled to do the same.

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