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Camp notes: Offensive line remains a question mark for Lions
Dave Dye – Fox Sports Detroit
The biggest factor – besides major injuries – that could potentially ruin the Detroit Lions’ chances at a bounce-back season is their offensive line.
They’ve got the skill players, but do they have the blocking to allow those playmakers to excel?
It’s still early – Day 10 of training camp, the preseason opener coming up Friday against the New York Jets at Ford Field – but here’s one of those playmakers’ initial impressions:
Competition fierce as six (or seven) Detroit Lions have shot at fifth wide receiver spot
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press
When the Lions open the exhibition season Friday against the New York Jets, plenty of eyes will be on the No. 5 receiver spot, where no fewer than six players have a legitimate shot at winning the job.
For Chaz Schilens, the last candidate to enter the mix after signing the day before training camp, the game serves as a chance to state his case for a job and to remind his former team of his worth, though he prefers not to dwell on his one season in New York.
Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah pumped for first preseason game (that is, if you can tell)
Gillian Van Stratt – MLive.com
“I think Martin (Mayhew) and Jim (Schwartz) have done a great job putting together a bunch of good guys,” defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. “Ziggy Ansah, (Israel) Idonije, Jason Jones, just take those three guys and if there was a curtain in front of them, you couldn’t pick out who was who. They are really good people. I think that runs through the defense.”
In other words, if you’re looking for sensational, you’re out of luck.
“I guess you could say that,” Ansah said Tuesday when asked why he never looks too enthusiastic about anything. “I just try to keep it chill and just do my job.”
Greg Landry and Mel Farr keep watchful eyes on Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush
Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com
Greg Landry has no qualms about Matthew Stafford passing him in the Lions’ record, but he might never have thought Stafford would do it so soon in his career.
Landry is second in franchise history with 80 career touchdown passes. Stafford also has 80 and will break the tie with his first TD pass this season. That no doubt will happen in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.