Dec 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59) during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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Tom Lewand: There’s no ‘honeymoon period’ for the Lions’ young players
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

The Lions are going to need a large majority of their first- and second-year players to step in and contribute right away this season.
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand probably said it best Wednesday in an interview with WXYT that there’s no “honeymoon period” for the team’s young players.

“Everybody has to contribute,” Lewand said. “There is typically a leap that takes place between the rookie year and the second year, and you see some guys who produced some promising results, but too small of a sample size.”

Detroit Lions 2013 training camp battles: Kellen Moore vs. Thaddeus Lewis
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

It’s been two full seasons since the Detroit Lions have needed to activate the third quarterback on the roster, but it’s unlikely the team will dump that insurance policy in 2013.

5 Reasons the Detroit Lions Will Rebound in 2013
Chris Madden – Bleacher Report

Grantland.com’s Bill Barnwell recently wrote that, out of all the losing teams in 2012, the Lions have the best shot of making the playoffs this season.

He cited their awful record in close games, difficult schedule, low fumble-recovery rate and turnover differential as the reasons the Lions will rebound this season.

Odds are the Lions will improve in each of those categories, and that alone will account for a handful of additional wins.

Barnwell makes some good points, but there are more obvious factors that play into the Lions’ favor this year as well.

Here are five reasons the Lions will make their fans proud in 2013.

Gresh & Zo’s Summer School: Detroit Lions
CBS Boston

Gresh and Zolak’s “Summer School” tour keeps rolling with the Patriots third pre-season opponent: the Detroit Lions. Gresh and Zo take attendance, looking at the new offensive weapons on the Lions like Reggie Bush and if Calvin “Megatron” Johnson can come close to replicating his historic 2012 season.

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