Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (41) is tackled by New England Patriots defense during 2nd half at Ford Field. Lions won 40-9. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Five storylines to follow heading into mandatory minicamp
Tim Twentyman —

The Lions begin their mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday, which will conclude the offseason training program.

After Thursday’s practice, the players are off until the start of training camp at the end of July. It’ll be up to them to take what they’ve learned over the last four months through the training sessions, OTAs and minicamp practices and keep it fresh in their mind for the start of training camp.

Reggie Bush: Theo Riddick is Detroit Lions’ sleeper for 2014
Kyle Meinke –

Reggie Bush won a Heisman Trophy at USC and was picked second in the 2006 draft.

Theo Riddick was picked 199th last year.

And yet Bush insists that Riddick, entering his second season with the Detroit Lions, is ahead of where he was at that age and is primed for a breakout season in 2014.

Lions great Sanders: Caldwell’s calm demeanor will impact players
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

There have been total rebuilds and promotions from within, player-friendly coaches and disciplinarians, minor locker-room shuffles and big free-agent splurges.

Not quite five months into the latest shakeup, which left the team’s player core and front office mostly intact, Sanders said the Lions are counting on a new-coach bounce from Jim Caldwell to transform them from the middling franchise they’ve been in recent years to perennial playoff contenders.

The 5 Biggest Issues Facing Detroit Lions with OTAs Wrapped Up
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The potential is certainly there for Caldwell and his crew to mitigate some of the remaining weaknesses.

Others will need a surprise performance from an unexpected source, but fortunately there is some precedence there, too. Think LaAdrian Waddle at right tackle and Jeremy Ross at kick returner last season for examples.

Here are five issues the Lions still face after the first few weeks of offseason workouts.

Lions minicamp set to gather some steam
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

The Lions begin their three-day, mandatory minicamp today, the final part of the offseason program before the team takes more than a month off before training camp.

During the three practices at team headquarters in Allen Park, which are entirely open to the media, the Lions will continue to implement the new offense under coordinator Joe Lombardi and show some of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin’s aggressive scheme.

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