Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley (28) just misses making an interception during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes


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Limiting the big plays an emphasis for Teryl Austin
Tim Twentyman — DetroitLions.com

According to defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, the way to become a game-changing defense is to cut down on the amount of demoralizing big plays.

Lions’ Nevin Lawson might have bigger opportunity with release of Chris Houston
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Growing up in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area, Lions rookie cornerback Nevin Lawson attended football camps with local NFL stars like Santana Moss, Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee and Asante Samuel.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin also hosted a camp in Lawson’s hometown that he attended every year he could, and all of his interactions with those NFL players helped keep him interested in football.

Bentley likely to edge Lawson as Lions’ nickel CB if healthy
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

Just a few starting spots are up for grabs, and while those jobs won’t get sorted out until August, it’s never too early to handicap the contenders.

We’re counting down the five biggest position battles awaiting the Lions in camp. No. 2 on the list is nickel cornerback.

Three reasons Kyle Van Noy will be a rookie standout
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

Kyle Van Noy could very well be the Detroit Lions’ rookie of the year. Putting too much pressure on him? Nah, he can handle it.

Here are three reasons the pass-rushing linebacker will be a standout as a rookie.

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