Jun 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

Detroit Lions Offseason State of the Union
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions are in the middle of the slowest part of the NFL calendar. OTAs and the first mini-camp are all done, and training camp sits a few weeks away.

This is a good time to assess exactly what is going on at team headquarters in Allen Park, what the roster looks like and what decisions are still lingering.

Three reasons Rodney Austin likely to make 53-man roster
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

Rodney Austin was undrafted coming out of football powerhouse Elon. But his growth has been no joke. The offensive lineman was signed by the Lions after the 2012 draft and spent that season on the practice squad. He played in one game in 2013.

Cory Schlesinger reflects on the 1994 Cornhuskers
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

The pride of old Lions includes their accomplishments in college. Cory Schlesinger is no exception.
Schlesinger made his mark as a body-rattling blocker in 12 seasons playing fullback for the Lions, but he has a soft spot for the legacy of his old Nebraska football teams.

Nebraska is coming up on the 20th anniversary season of reestablishing itself as college football’s national champion, with an even greater season to come in the eyes of one national authority.

Detroit Lions Have Late-Round Gem in Caraun Reid
Cody Strahm — Rant Sports

The Detroit Lions are about to get even better at defensive tackle. Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, who are two of the most talented interior defenders in the sport, entering their primes is a big reason why. But the addition of Princeton product Caraun Reid in the fifth round of May’s draft could equip Detroit with one of the most lethal defensive tackle rotations in football.

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