Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (66) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-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.

Nate Freese, Giorgio Tavecchio compete to be Lions’ long-term kicking solution
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

The Lions finished their offseason with little clarity at kicker as Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio both had their share of struggles.

Freese, a seventh-round pick from Boston College, remains the favorite over Tavecchio, who went undrafted out of Cal in 2012, but the competition will likely continue through training camp and into the exhibition games. The Lions are looking for a long-term solution after veteran David Akers struggled in 2013 replacing the retired Jason Hanson.

Power Ranking Detroit Lions’ 10 Best Moves of 2014 Offseason
Brandon Alisoglu — Bleacher Report

For added sizzle, I’m going to rank them so you understand how serious this is. And I only took into account the impact that each move will have on the team, both short- and long-term, in winning games.

That’s all that matters in the NFL.

So click through to see why the Lions will make a run at the NFC Championship this season.

Three reasons the pressure is on Matthew Stafford
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press: Lions Lowdown

Win now is the motto. Sure Detroit Lions fans have heard that before, but this time it’s different. They have the talent and a new coaching staff. Time is running out.

Here are three reasons the pressure is on Matthew Stafford:

Upside should give Waddle edge in Lions’ battle at right tackle
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. 1 on the list is right tackle.

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