Jun 28, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Detroit Lions player Ezekeil Ansah works with kids during a NFL Play 60 event during the NFC Rookie Symposium at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

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Coaching paths cross for father and son, Jim and Jeremiah Washburn
Tara Altman – DetroitLions.com

Family roots run deep in the NFL coaching world, and it’s not uncommon to see brothers, fathers and sons on one of the 32 coaching rosters in the league … and in some cases, the same one.

Take Jeremiah Washburn, and his dad, Jim Washburn, for example.

After serving as the Lions’ assistant offensive line coach for four years, Jeremiah was promoted to offensive line coach following the 2012 season.

Shortly thereafter, Jim was brought on to the team’s coaching staff carrying over 35 years of coaching experience, as the assistant defensive line coach and pass rush specialist.

Detroit Lions’ Bill Bentley looking more like his old self in practice
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions have added so many players to their secondary that it’s been easy to forget second-year cornerback Bill Bentley was a promising starter last year.

Bentley, a third-round pick from Louisiana-Lafayette, showed that promise again during minicamp last month. Fast, athletic and instinctive, Bentley looked like his old self in practice as he returns from a shoulder injury that required surgery and landed him on injured reserve after Week 4 in 2012.

Top 25 players critical to Detroit Lions’ 2013 success: 16-20
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

The Detroit Lions are looking to bounce back after last season’s dismal 4-12 finish.

While every player has a role, some are more important than others. Here’s the second segment of our week-long look at the 25 players most critical to the team’s success in 2013.

Detroit Lions: Five reasons it’s time for Suh to lead the way
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

When Ndamukong Suh came to the Lions as a rookie, he didn’t need to be a leader, he just had to learn his craft. Here are five reasons he needs to step up as a leader now.

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