Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (30) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Jim Caldwell, after years of plotting, builds promising Detroit Lions coaching staff
Kyle Meinke — MLive.com

Winning in the NFL is supposed to be hard. And the Detroit Lions are expecting Jim Caldwell to do it in one season.

They are expecting him to do what Mike McCoy did last year.

McCoy took over the disappointing San Diego Chargers, and immediately returned them to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Did Joseph Fauria meet his expectations last season?
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

Joseph Fauria can look back at his schedule of a year ago and compare it to how he is able to enjoy one of the hidden perks in his advanced status of rookie-turned-veteran.

Fauria could rest this offseason. He’s not resting on the laurels he achieved as a rookie with the Lions that were off the charts compared to what was reasonably expected of him as a tight end prospect who was not one of the 254 players – 16 of them tight ends – taken in the 2013 draft.

Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Instant Contributors Detroit Can Find in Every Round
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

It will be tougher to find players making significant contributions right away. After all, every starting position except kicker has starting-caliber talent already in place.

Yet Detroit can add several players who can see meaningful action as rookies. Several positions, including outside linebacker, wide receiver and defensive ends and tackles, are in need of depth and players with upside.

Mayhew says Slay has “a lot of work to do”
Mike Florio — Pro Football Talk

New Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said in January that cornerback Darius Slay has “a lot of room to improve.” G.M. Martin Mayhew said last week that Slay will need to roll up his sleeves to get there.

“He has a lot of work to do,” Mayhew said at the league meetings in Orlando, via the team’s official website. “I think he’s up to the challenge. He finished up strong for us the last half of the season. I’m looking forward to seeing him this season.”

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