May 22, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz during organized team activities at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions’ Tahir Whitehead taking nothing for granted this year
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Tahir Whitehead is a prime example of why it’s tough to discern anything from OTAs.

Last spring, in the weeks after the Lions traded up to take him in the fifth round of the NFL draft, Whitehead looked like a star. His speed and power stood out even on a field with some of the world’s best athletes.

And then when the pads came on in July, Whitehead, by his own admission, struggled.

Lions begin three-day mandatory mini-camp today
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

The Lions have entered the final week of the 2013 offseason training program, concluding with a mandatory three-day mini-camp Tuesday-Thursday.

Mini-camp won’t look a whole lot different than the three OTA practices that were open to the media. There’s still no pads or contact, but teams are allowed to keep players in the building longer (up to 10 hours) with meetings, film study and walkthroughs. And, of course, this is mandatory, whereas OTAs were voluntary.

DETROIT LIONS: Mandatory minicamp final push until training camp
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

While it’s not a complete rebuilding year, there have been more roster changes than a year ago which opens up competition at key positions.

Here are five positions that will be hotly contested:

1. Strongside linebacker to replace Justin Durant who was not re-signed. Ashlee Palmer may have the edge due to more experience but he’s expected to get competition from second-year players Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead who played mostly special teams last season.

Detroit Lions Training Camp Profile: Ryan Broyles
Andrew Fisher – Rant Sports

Ryan Broyles is a very intriguing player to follow heading into training camp. After tearing his ACL duing his senior season in college, he fell to the Detroit Lions in the second round last April. Broyles was a college superstar, and he still holds the record for receptions in a career (349), but he’s yet to get back on track in the NFL. An injury to his other knee limited him during his rookie campaign, and he’s just now getting back into form.

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