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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Riley Reiff adds muscle for Detroit Lions tackle shift
Dan Hanzus – NFL.com

Reggie Bush has gotten the most attention when talking about the Detroit Lions this offseason, but the offensive line ultimately might play a bigger part in the team’s success or failure in 2013.

The team has three new starters along the front line. Above all stands Riley Reiff, the second-year player who steps in for the retired Jeff Backus at left tackle.

Detroit Lions’ Dominic Raiola: Matthew Stafford a good QB as I predicted
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Four years ago, center Dominic Raiola said — rather pointedly to a handful of heckling fans — that Matthew Stafford was the real deal, that he wouldn’t be like the rest, just another failed Lions quarterback.

As Stafford enters his fifth season, Raiola believes his words have come to fruition and that the young quarterback has grown into “the guy” he predicted he would become.

NFL Preview: NFC Playoff Predictions-Part 2
Omar Thabet – iSportsWeb

The Detroit Lions had to be the best below .500 team in the NFL in 2012. Nine out of the twelve losses Detroit had this past season were by eight points or fewer; three in which came in overtime. Finishing the 2012 season with a disappointing record of 4-12 didn’t stop the Lions from breaking records on the offensive side of the ball though.

Top 20 Fantasy Wide Receivers for 2013
Joe Fortenbaugh – National Football Post

Workhorse running backs are a dying breed and therefore remain the most precious commodity for fantasy owners. But that hasn’t stopped the rise in top-10 wide receiver selections over the last few years. We’ll have more on the comparisons between running backs and wide receivers in the near future, but for now, let’s take a look at the NFP’s early summer 2013 fantasy wide receiver rankings.

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