Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) carries the ball as Minnesota Vikings safety Robert Blanton (36) attempts to tackle during the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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Hype train for Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick nearing critical mass
Justin Rogers —

No Detroit Lions player has generated more buzz this offseason than running back Theo Riddick.

Despite playing fewer than 50 offensive snaps and gaining just 51 yards from scrimmage as a rookie last season, the 2013 sixth-round draft pick has caught the eyes of his teammates and the Lions coaching staff this offseason.

Joique Bell entertains kids in camp with Q&A during rain delay
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

In a question-and-answer session during a rain delay at West Bloomfield High School, the Ypsilanti 9-year-old stepped up and said into the microphone Bell was holding: “When you lose a game, how do you feel?”

Bell stared blankly at Cornell for a moment.

“Next question,” Bell said as 200 first- through eighth-graders, huddled with their rain-soaked parents in the school atrium, laughed.

“It leaves a nasty taste in your mouth,” Bell said. “Does anyone here like to lose?”

Orlovsky says NFL quarterbacks are never off the clock
Mike Florio — Pro Football Talk

The ongoing Johnny Manziel drama arises from the notion that Manziel is capable of working hard and playing harder, that he can do what he needs to do as a quarterback while still doing whatever he wants to do when off the clock. Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who has never done white lines but who ran over over a fairly large one while being chased by Jared Allen (credit/blame Josh Alper for that one), recently told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast (not to be confused with the Ross Tucker Taffy Pull Podcast) that an NFL quarterback is never off the clock.

Trainer Claims Suh Is Ready To Hit Camp A “Physical Specimen”
Matt Loede — Lions Gab

Lions pass-rusher Ndamukong Suh confirmed in May that his decision to stay away had nothing to do with his contract.

Besides, Suh’s personal strength coach Mike Barwis told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Detroit’s quarterback killer is poised to hit camp as a “physical specimen, ” Marc Sessler of reports.

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