Jun 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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O’HARA’S BURNING QUESTIONS: How important is the mental aspect of the game?
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

In addition to physical conditioning and learning new schemes on offense, defense and special teams, how important is it that the Lions improve from the neck up?

Theo Riddick breaks out during Detroit Lions’ offseason program
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted out his sleeper pick a few days ago, and the it was an unusual one: Theo Riddick.

The Detroit Lions tailback had only 13 touches last season and is still buried behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell on the depth chart. But then a funny thing happened.

Reggie Bush called Theo Riddick his sleeper, too.

Young Lions could be in position for bigger roles during the regular season
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

It happens every spring.

One under-the-radar player or another is thrust into a bigger role than expected and turns heads with his performance.

A handful of new spring stars emerged this year — Theo Riddick, Jeremy Ross and Cassius Vaughn among them — leaving Lions coach Jim Caldwell and his staff to figure which performances will carry over when the pads come on.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell preaches playing smart, not scared
Bob Wojnowski — Detroit News

We don’t know if Jim Caldwell’s strong professionalism will sink in, or if Joe Lombardi’s offense will make Matthew Stafford appreciably better, or if the maligned secondary can be rebuilt. As minicamp ended Thursday, it was essentially the last day of school, and the next time we see the Lions at the end of July, truer assessments can be made.

But the first step was identifying the problem, and I think Caldwell has. The Lions have been one of the NFL’s enduring enigmas for many reasons, but this is the fixable one: recklessness.

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