2015 Detroit Lions Training Camp: Preview, Position Battles, Schedule

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Will Matthew Stafford continue to develop in his second year in Joe Lombardi’s offense?

Last season, Matthew Stafford took on a new playbook and a new system for the first time since being drafted by Detroit first overall in 2009. Up to that point, Stafford had dealt solely with former offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan.

Together, the two could be called successful to a point, however Stafford did battle inopportune turnovers under Linehan. After Linehan and Jim Schwartz were relieved of their duties following the 2013 season, coach Caldwell was then brought in, and he’d eventually hire the grandson of the great Vince Lombardi.

Towards the end of last season, Lombardi decided to scale his playbook back a bit, and it seemed to pay off. Stafford cut down on his turnovers dramatically last season, and the hope is he can continue to improve this season.

Our first look at his continued progress will be this week when the veterans report to camp.

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Can Eric Ebron silence the critics?

The only player on the Lions roster receiving more flack that Matthew Stafford has to be Eric Ebron. Ebron is of course the Lions first round pick from back in 2014 at No. 10 overall, who according to some struggled during his rookie campaign.

Make no mistake about it, Ebron dropped some passes last season that were very catchable throws. However, to completely write this kid off after just one season is a huge mistake.

For Ebron, he needs to show up to camp and block out the noise. He still possess great potential, but with every mistake he makes this year, people will be quick to be critical. How he handles the pressure will be key.

Who will handle return duties?

The kick return game was easily one of the Lions weak points in 2014. The job was once again handled by Jeremy Ross, however he was unable to experience similar success to years prior. There is a chance he could land the job again, but some competition is desperately needed at the position.

Both rookie Ameer Abdullah and veteran Golden Tate have the potential to return kicks, although ultimately its unlikely they land the job.

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