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As second round of OTAs begin, Detroit Lions are making Eric Ebron, Kyle Van Noy earn their reps
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

If last week was any indication, there will be a couple players notably absent from the first units when the Detroit Lions begin their second wave of OTAs on Tuesday.

Tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the team’s top two draft picks.

General manager Martin Mayhew is confident he added three immediate starters in the NFL draft, and Ebron and Van Noy are expected to be among them. But neither is being handed a thing during the preliminary stages of the team’s offseason program.

Lions embrace new coach Jim Caldwell’s approach
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

After a few months of seeing the calm, laid-back coach Jim Caldwell work, one aspect of his approach has the players feeling extra comfortable under their new boss.

Several players said Caldwell treats them like men, a tactic the Lions hope will lead to more accountability and leadership in 2014.

The Most Intriguing Rookie Storylines at Detroit’s OTAs
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

As OTAs advance into their second week, it’s time to shed a little light on the Detroit Lions’ rookie class.

Detroit has a very interesting group of rookies. From top pick Eric Ebron to undrafted long shots such as Justin Jackson, there are some intriguing storylines playing out as camp progresses.

Nate Freese scouting report
Sean Yuille — Pride Of Detroit

A look at Detroit Lions seventh-round pick Nate Freese and how he fits into the team’s plans in 2014.

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