Jun 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) hands the ball off to running back Reggie Bush (21) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News from Around the Web

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Detroit Lions — Three reasons Darius Slay must step up
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

Hopes were high for cornerback Darius Slay when he was drafted in the second round in 2013. He started the first two games last season but was benched early. That doesn’t mean he is a failure, cornerback is one of the toughest positions to master in the NFL.

Tim Twentyman’s offseason rookie report
Tim Twentyman — DetroitLions.com

The honeymoon period will soon be over for rookies. The coaching staff and the front office will expect them to know what they’re doing and make plays the first day they step on the field for training camp. Some will hit the ground running. Others won’t.

So where do the rookies stand heading into training camp?

Undrafted rookie Chad Abram counts on making Lions notice him
John Niyo — Detroit News

First impressions are one thing. But lasting impressions mean roster spots and signed contracts and, just maybe, a lasting career

Chad Abram, one of many new faces with the Lions, understands all that. Problem is, for players like him, in the position he’s in, it’s harder to make an impression than it used to be.

5 Undrafted Detroit Lions Who Could Prove to Be Gems
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

For a team with significant salary-cap issues like the Lions, hitting on more of the cheap labor in undrafted players is almost a necessity.

Fortunately, general manager Martin Mayhew has some promising aspirants in the den. Here are five who could wind up making real contributions in Detroit over the next couple of seasons.

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