Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates after making a play during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Giants beat the Lions 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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Champ Bailey taught Detroit Lions CB Cassius Vaughn to be aggressive, trust in his ability
Justin Rogers — MLive.com

There’s a good chance you’ll hear Cassius Vaughn during a Detroit Lions practice before you see him. The boisterous cornerback makes his presence known, constantly chirping whether he’s on the field or encouraging his teammates from the sideline.

During a dominant performance by the defense to end Wednesday’s practice, Vaughn turned to media members watching the indoor session from a balcony above the field, smiled and shouted, “Ya’ll making the offense nervous.”

Lions’ Fairley slims down, gets motivated this off-season
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

Even before the Lions decided not to pick up his option, Fairley was in the process of remaking a body he showed off Friday night at a reception for the charity kickball tournament he hosts for local youth every year.

He worked out regularly with trainers while in Houston this off-season, and with the help of the Lions’ strength and conditioning staff the last two months is now a svelte 295 pounds, about 27 pounds lighter than he finished last year.

“I’d say I’m back to my Auburn ways,” Fairley said. “I feel like back when I was at that national championship, and you know how that year went so looking to repeat it.”

Lions’ running back Joique Bell confident he’ll be ready by training camp
Jack Jorgensen — Sports Illustrated: Audibles

It’s crucial that the Detroit Lions have everyone on board this offseason as they make the head coaching transition from Jim Schwartz to Jim Caldwell. Unfortunately, they’ve been without running back Joique Bell for the few OTA sessions as he nurses an injured knee.

Lions QB Kellen Moore will have to fight off James Franklin for third-string job
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Lions quarterback Kellen Moore said he wasn’t paying attention this offseason as general manager Martin Mayhew discussed the need to add a proven backup behind Matthew Stafford.

He understands the need for competition.

“It’s the way it works,” Moore said of competition. “Everyone is going to bring in guys to compete, and that’s just the way it is. I think it helps out everyone.”

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  • George_Johnson

    I think K Moore will likely win the competition for 2nd string QB if he has improved his arm strength and is given a fair chance. The coaches will likely be very impressed with K Moore once they get to know him and see him work. He should fit well in a New Orleans style playbook. He should also be better than he was last year with one more year of experience under his belt. He will also likely pick up the new playbook quickly. I don’t think Franklin has a ghost of a chance to outplay K Moore and win the 3rd string QB position if K Moore fails at winning the 2nd string QB position. If K Moore is cut for some reason, which I don’t think is going to happen another team will likely pick him up as he sort of proved he could play in the NFL last year based on his body of work in practices and preseason games. Many NFL gurus said he could not play in the NFL and they appear to be wrong. Time will tell.