Detroit Lions OTA’s: Day Two Recap

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Comments From Jim Caldwell

Following the conclusion of day two of Detroit Lions OTA’s, coach Caldwell and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin had plenty to say. Below are some of the highlighted areas.

Opening Statement by Caldwell:

"“Day two for us in terms of the OTAs and it looks like day two. You have a lot of ups and downs in practice and things of that nature, but the great thing is the guys are willing. We have a lot of guys who understand how we do things, but yet we’re still trying to teach a lot of new, young guys. But it’s a willing group, so we’ve certainly been pleased with their efforts.”"

On S James Ihedigbo participating in OTAs:

"“Well, I think it’s always good when we can get all of our guys back. I think that’s important. It gives us an opportunity to get better. There have been certainly situations where you had to do it otherwise, but it’s always great when you’ve got them out here. It’s great to have him back.”"

On how some of the players undergoing injury rehabilitation are coming along:

"“They’re coming along well. All of them are progressing. They’re all making good, positive progress. No one is behind schedule at this point, so it looks good.”"

On some players sitting out certain portions of practice:

"“Some guys that we have, you know, they have little nagging injuries here and there that we’re kind of holding them out. Some of them aren’t full. We’ve got a number of guys that are limited.”"

On the biggest surprise of OTAs for him so far:

"“There hasn’t been one yet, to be honest with you. Probably, I’m not certain that you’ll ever hear that from me this time of year. It’s tough to really make a determination without pads on, really. I’ve learned over the years, there’s been a couple guys I remember back in the early days that you look at – ‘Well, he’s out here running around in shorts.’ You may think, ‘Ah, he doesn’t look that great.’ He gets pads on, then he’s one of your best players. So, that’s where we play the game. We play in pads, but I’m pleased with the way these young guys are working, how they’ve picked up the system thus far. They’re only into it two days. Things start to mount here the next couple weeks, so we’ll see how they handle all the information.”"

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