Nov 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates with linebacker Travis Lewis (50) during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Packers won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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Reggie Bush’s star power can push the Lions
Bob Wojnowski – The Detroit News

The Lions desperately wanted Reggie Bush, and you understand why. He lines up at running back. He lines up in the slot. He goes in motion and every set of eyes that follows him is a set that, theoretically, won’t follow Calvin Johnson.

It makes sense, it really does. Bush has become a vital part of the offense before even playing a down, and if theory transfers to reality, the Lions could be back to busting big plays. But “theory” can be a dirty word around here, and there’s some risk in banking on the veteran Bush, just as there was risk in banking on undersized Jahvid Best.

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is not using criticism as fuel
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Stafford threw for 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns and 16 interceptions (63.5 completion percentage), plus a 97.2 passer rating, during Detroit’s 10-6 playoff season in 2011. Many NFL observers believed Stafford was about to join Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers as one of the league’s best quarterbacks. His stardom seemed imminent.

Last season, Stafford threw three interceptions during Detroit’s season-opening victory against St. Louis, and it was a sign of things to come.

Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson: Confidence growing among my teammates
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

The Lions are practicing in only helmets and shorts during minicamp, but receiver Calvin Johnson said Wednesday he already sees confidence emerging from veterans and newcomers on offense.

“Guys have another year in the system,” he said. “Guys have more continuity with each other, more chemistry. We’ve got some new guys as well, but seeing those veterans that have been here, the confidence that they have, it kind of spills over.”

Three Lions linebackers eye the outside spot
Josh Katzenstein -The Detroit News

Lewis will be in a heated battle this offseason with veteran Ashlee Palmer and fellow 2012 pick Tahir Whitehead for the outside linebacker vacancy.

During Wednesday’s minicamp, Lewis spent a majority of the time with the first team alongside starting linebackers Tulloch and DeAndre Levy. Palmer also has been competing a lot with the first team during offseason workouts, while Whitehead has played predominantly with the second team.

“They’re battling, those three guys,” Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. “They’re all making plays and I always tell (linebackers coach Matt Burke) it’s about the trust. Who is going to make the most plays without messing one up?”

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