November 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) attempts to kick a field goal out of the hold by punter Nick Harris (5) during the 2nd half against the Houston Texans at Ford Field. Texans won 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions bring in Jason Hanson to help find new kicker
Mike O’Hara —

Hanson, who retired before last season after 21 seasons with the Lions, said he was invited to mini-camp by John Bonamego, who is beginning his second season as special-teams coordinator. Hanson’s presence was obvious Wednesday during the portion of practice that was open to the media.

Detroit Lions picking up new defensive alignments during minicamp
Kyle Meinke –

The Detroit Lions were awarded an extra minicamp this offseason due to their coaching change. And they haven’t wasted a second of it.

The pace of Detroit’s first two practices has been brisk, as the team begins implementing Jim Caldwell’s new offensive and defensive schemes as efficiently as possible.

Defensively, the Lions are sticking with a base 4-3 scheme. But they will introduce several new concepts as well, including some 3-4 subpackages and new blitzes.

Lions’ Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford working on communication skills
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

They have done enough during the first two days of this voluntary minicamp to get head coach Jim Caldwell excited.

“Matthew (Stafford) certainly is getting a good feel for Golden Tate,” he said after the first practice. “You can see those two are going to function well together.”

Tate, though, cautioned that it was still very early in the process.

2014 NFL schedule: Thanksgiving will be an NFC party, with some great games
Frank Schwab – Shutdown Corner

It’s been a while since every Thanksgiving NFL game was a great matchup. There’s always a dud.

Not this year. By making a tweak with the networks, the NFL guaranteed three tremendous matchups, and it will be all NFC teams. The day starts with Chicago at Detroit, followed by Philadelphia at Dallas and capped off by the big one, Seattle at San Francisco, a rematch of the NFC championship game and one of the top few games on the entire NFL regular-season schedule. That is the best Thanksgiving schedule, top to bottom, in many years.

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