Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) signals to teammates before snapping the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions training camp position previews: Offensive line
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

The Lions’ offensive line was one of the biggest question marks entering last season, but after giving up the second fewest sacks, it looks like a point of strength this year. The group returns all of its top starters and has a good mix of veteran and young depth.

The key battle during training camp will be right tackle, where eight-year veteran Corey Hilliard, who started seven games last year, will compete with second-year LaAdrian Waddle, who started eight as a rookie.

And while center Dominic Raiola and left guard Rob Sims will start again, the group is built for the future.

5 things to watch as Detroit Lions set to open training camp
Justin Rogers –

The rookies already have checked in and the veterans will be arriving this weekend. Here are five things to watch when the Detroit Lions open training camp on Monday:

Lions rookie Ebron may be early favorite as next team leader
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

They nudged quiet Calvin Johnson into a more vocal role and got the introverted Ndamukong Suh elected captain, and with the Detroit Lions on the lookout for their next group of leaders, one newcomer seems like an obvious choice.

Rookie tight end Eric Ebron, more than any of the Lions’ recent first-round picks, exudes the charisma and personality often found in face-of-the-locker-room types.

Ranking the 8 Biggest Upgrades Detroit Made This Offseason
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

Gone is the Jim Schwartz coaching regime, which underwhelmed as the team collapsed from 6-3 to 7-9 a year ago. General manager Martin Mayhew and his personnel staff also brought in several key additions to bolster the lineup.

Some will have a greater impact than others. There’s a good chance that not every addition will wind up working out as well as anticipated too.

These upgrades are ranked in order of relative level of expected improvement over what the Lions have had recently at the position.

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