Oct 28, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Leon Washington (33) is tackled by Detroit Lions linebacker Ashlee Palmer (58) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Three reasons they will finish second in NFC North
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

The Lions finished dead last in the NFC North last year with a 4-12 mark. Here are three reasons they will finish second to the Green Bay Packers this year:

The Detroit Lions Should Take a Flier on Laurent Robinson
Erik Lambert – Gather.com

Most of the free-agent market is picked clean of proven receivers anywhere near their physical primes. The hope now is that some pricey veterans get cut by their teams in training camp or the preseason, allowing another to swoop in with an offer. However, there is one interesting name out there who is trying to prove he can still play is Laurent Robinson.

Detroit Lions 2013 training camp battles: Ashlee Palmer vs. Tahir Whitehead vs. Travis Lewis
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

The Detroit Lions will have several new starters on defense this season, including the outside linebacker spot previously held by Justin Durant. In what figures to be one of the fiercest training camp competitions, veteran Ashlee Palmer will attempt to fend off the challenge of second-year players Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis.

Lions’ late draft picks work to stand out
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay, first- and second-round picks for the Lions this year, likely will spend all their time with the first- or second-team defenses to see if they can fill the void at end and cornerback, respectively.

But later-round picks — like running back Theo Riddick and tight end Michael Williams — have to try to earn a spot on the 53-man roster with limited snaps in camp and by shining during exhibitions.

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