Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) celebrates with center Dominic Raiola (51) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

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Detroit Lions only NFL team using hi-tech data system at practice
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

Zebra Technology, a tracking system that uses radio frequency as opposed to GPS technology, collects data for coaches and trainers.

Seventeen NFL teams, including the Lions, will use Zebra Technology in games mostly for Thursday night football games on CBS, it was announced this week.

The Lions are the only NFL team that uses it during practice, according to team president Tom Lewand.

Detroit Lions’ offensive line: Veterans looking to set enduring legacy
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Last season, the Detroit Lions’ offensive line allowed 23 sacks, second fewest in the NFL to the Denver Broncos’ 20. The Lions also allowed only 68 quarterback hits, which ranked eighth in the NFL and higher than any division foe.

But was it for real? Can the unit repeat last season’s success? Everyone, including Raiola, wants to know.

WR Andrew Peacock standing out among undrafted rookies in Detroit Lions training camp
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

The Detroit Lions have Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. They have a former second-round pick (Ryan Broyles) and last year’s No. 2 receiver (Kris Durham). They have the NFL’s best punt returner from the second half of last season (Jeremy Ross).

They have, in other words, a ton of options at wideout.

But Andrew Peacock?

Swanson making the adjustment to guard
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

The Lions drafted Travis Swanson in the third round of the draft in May to be their center of the future.

Making the jump from college to the NFL is hard enough, but Swanson is also learning how to play guard on top of playing center, which will make him a much better asset for the Lions in 2014.

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