June 11, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) during mini camp at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Consistency is main goal for Lions RB Mikel Leshoure
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Right now, Mikel Leshoure’s biggest competition in the Lions backfield is his nagging hamstring injury, not free-agent acquisition Reggie Bush.

During Tuesday’s minicamp, Leshoure competed in team drills for the first time this offseason, but he’s still not quite 100 percent healthy.

“It always feels good to be back on the field and perfecting my craft,” he said. “I just need to get healthy and get on the field. Coaches know what I can do. My teammates know what I can do. I just need to get healthy.”

Detroit Lions’ Ezekiel Ansah picking up new defense during minicamp
Anwar Richardson – MLive.com

Ansah has not shown any problems learning Detroit’s defense this offseason.

“You know, we don’t have a real complex scheme for defensive line, but that’s a relative term,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “You know, there’s still a lot for rookies to have to go through and learn, and he’s done a great job managing all of it. He’s very serious about what he does, hard worker, you know, works hard both on and off the field.

“Just naturally has a knack for picking up the game, and he knocked down a pass (on Tuesday). He did some really good things.”

That is good news for Detroit.

The 5 Games That Will Determine the Detroit Lions’ Fate in 2013
Dean Holden – Bleacher Report

Sometimes it’s a win that changes playoff positioning, or that sparks a strong run, or ends a skid. Or maybe it’s a loss that does the opposite of some of those things.

In either case, the Lions this season will be no exception. While there are no games on the schedule that are true “throwaway” games, there are a few that should tell the tale for the entire season.

In other words, by looking at these five games, we should get a pretty good sense for how the other 11 will go.

Plenty of competition at Detroit Lions’ minicamp
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

When camp opens, the goal is to hit the ground running with all the offense and defense installed and the 90 players up to speed.

“We just like to get most of our installation done before we get to training camp and if we can get the players comfortable with the scheme when they get to training camp, it can be about physical talent and competition and not so much about trying to learn the playbook,’’ Schwartz said.

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.

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