July 28, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) stretches during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Dominic Raiola says taking a pay cut was an easy decision
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

Raiola agreed to reduce his base salary from a little more than $4 million to $1 million.

He also talked about a text message he got from quarterback Matthew Stafford right after the pay cut which resonated with him.

Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh feels he’s naturally growing into leadership role
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz says it’s not his job to appoint leaders in the locker room. He believes leadership is something that is organic, that grows over time and by example.

Maybe that’s why Schwartz recently identified defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as a player ready to take a step forward in that area.

Detroit Lions’ Chris Houston feels he’s one of the league’s best cornerbacks
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Lions cornerback Chris Houston sees himself as being among the NFL’s elite — and he only wants to get better.

“Even though my stats don’t show it,” Houston said Wednesday, “I feel I’m one of the best in the league and I’m looking to take my game to another level this year.”

Cornerbacks don’t have many obvious statistics other than interceptions, and Houston turned in only two picks last year after a career-best five in 2011. But he did put together a good year that was obscured by a bad team.

Thaddeus Lewis Addition Puts Heat on Kellen Moore for Detroit Lions’ No. 3 QB Job
Chris Burke – The Detroit Sports Site

Do the Detroit Lions have any future plans for Kellen Moore? We might know that answer within the next few weeks.

That’s because the Lions claimed QB Thaddeus Lewis off waivers on Tuesday, a move that should the fan-favorite Moore on notice. While the 25-year-old Lewis is far from an elite prospect and he was just squeezed out of Cleveland’s depth chart, the Duke product does have an NFL regular-season start under his belt

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