Detroit Lions Mandatory Minicamp: Schedule, What To Watch For


May 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during OTA at Detroit Lions Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions mandatory minicamp is set to begin on Tuesday in Allen Park, MI.

Seeing your favorite football team and its players back on the field is certainly a good sign. The Lions will kick off a three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and will wrap up the session on Thursday.

The event is scheduled to go as follows:

  • Tuesday – 3:00 pm practice (5:30 pm media)
  • Wednesday – 3:00 pm practice (5:30 pm media)
  • Thursday – 11:00 am practice (1:00 pm media)

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The three practices are set to be the final stages of the Lions offseason workout program and the entire team is expected to attend.

Recently, the Detroit Lions also wrapped up their OTA’s. OTA’s provided us with a very small sample size of things come during this weeks mandatory workouts, as well at training camp in just a month and a half.

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There are also some concerns for this squad heading into the regular season and position battles are likely to truly begin on Tuesday. Below are our top 5 things to watch for at minicamp:

  • Quandre Diggs and the Nickel Cornerback – I’ve been saying it all offseason — Quandre Diggs is a guy to watch as camps begin. He’ll be going to battle with guys like Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson, both of which are rejoining the team following serious injuries in 2014.
  • Ameer Abdullah – It’s pretty safe to say this young man will have a lot of eyes on him this week. It  will interesting to see how many carries he gets with Joqiue Bell battling injuries.
  • Haloti Ngata transition – Haloti Ngata will also garner a lot of attention during this weeks minicamp. Although I have not seen it myself, from what I have heard Ngata has struggled with his transition from 3-4 to 4-3.
  • Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

    Eric Ebron’s hands – I’ve also said this before, but I’ll say it again — I am not overly concerned with Eric Ebron’s well-documented drops to this point. (Some of you are) Nonetheless, it is worth keeping an eye on as camp progresses.

  • Staying Healthy – The injury bug has been nice to the Detroit Lions thus far, but there is no reason to let your guard down. Guys like Joique Bell, tight end Joseph Fauria and tackle LaAdrian Waddle, are among the few that are not at 100 percent. Linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy, cornerback Bill Bentley and others have been limited by injuries.
  • Once the Lions complete their mandatory minicamp, they will break for a “vacation” of sorts before returning for training camp toward the end of July.

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