May 10, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback John Laub (15) and Alex Carder (5) during rookie mini camp at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions offseason report: Will Reggie Bush open up offense?
Jim Corbett – USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz channeled his inner Jim Leyland when revamping the heart of a new-look, power-hitting lineup.

Schwartz vows Reggie Bush will afford record-setting wide receiver Calvin Johnson the type of home run-hitting protection Detroit Tigers cleanup hitter Prince Fielder provided to 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

Lions OL Jason Fox healthy, ready to compete
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Jason Fox has played five games in three seasons. A litany of injuries has kept him on the sidelines and away from being able to truly and fairly compete for playing time on the offensive line.

This year is different. Fox enters the off-season healthy and hopes to stay that way as he vies for a starting job at right tackle.

Will facing NFC North be good or bad for Ravens?
Clifton Brown – CSN Baltimore

Dec. 16 at Lions – A Monday night matchup that should be entertaining. Detroit has added Reggie Bush to its already potent attack, led by wide receiver Calvin Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford. However, the Lions’ defense was awful last season, meaning Joe Flacco and company could have their way. This is the Ravens’ 14th game of the season, so it figures to have postseason implications.

Unheralded rookies poised to make noise: NFC
Dane Brugler –

Detroit Lions – QB Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Matthew Stafford is fully entrenched as the Lions’ starting quarterback and Shaun Hill has a firm grasp on the back-up job. But if Detroit decides to keep a third quarterback on the active roster, that spot will likely come down to the battle between Carder and second-year player Kellen Moore. Carder didn’t quite have the senior year expected after missing six games with a broken finger on his throwing hand, but he finished his collegiate career with 84 career touchdowns and hasn’t gone unnoticed during offseason workouts.

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