July 28, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tackles Riley Reiff (71) and Rodney Austin (74) complete drills during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Lombardi’s Lions offense will feature many moving parts
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

As the Detroit Lions’ offense continues to evolve in training camp under Joe Lombardi, expect a lot more moving parts than the Lions have ever seen as the team’s new offensive coordinator borrows from his experience with the New Orleans Saints.

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Jesse Lawrence — Forbes

Both the New York Giants and Detroit Lions missed the postseason last year with 7-9 records. This year both teams have legitimate playoff aspirations, and will be looking to start the season off with a win. While most teams have an above average price for the opening game of the season, the first game on the Lions schedule is below Detroit’s season average of $169.16.

Detroit Lions 2014 training camp battles: Rodney Austin, rookie square off for key backup role
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

On game days, NFL teams typically dress seven linemen — five starters, a backup tackle and a backup interior lineman. The interior lineman must be able to step in and play either guard position or center at a moment’s notice.

For the past five years, Dylan Gandy manned that role for the Lions, but the team opted not to re-sign the nine-year veteran this offseason. The battle to replace him will likely come down to Rodney Austin and rookie Travis Swanson.

2014 NFC North Preview: Offense
John Wenker – Pro Football Spot

With all due respect to the other 7 divisions in the NFL, none can match the offensive fire-power and recognizable names put forth by the teams from the NFC North on a weekly basis. Here are some pre-season “awards” given out to players from each of the 4 major skill positions:

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