The team wrapped up their three-day minicamp Thursday and won't be back until training camp starts.
Head coach Jim Caldwell likes the progress he's seeing and has a better feel for his team heading into training camp.
“I thought they prepared well," he said. "They worked hard. They certainly didn’t flinch under all the circumstances that we had to deal with, whether it was raining or cold or whatever it might be.
“I thought they did a nice job of lessening the number of mistakes that we had. We had fewer and fewer mistakes as our practices went on, which is the way it’s supposed to be. We were pleased with the effort they gave us as well, so a lot of guys are making real good progress. We like where we are.”
Caldwell introduced the "ladder cam" to practice for quarterback
Stafford already has a lot of eyes on him this year, but what's one more?
”This is the first time I’ve been filmed from that overhead view,” Stafford said. “It’s interesting. It’s cool. It’s good for a quarterback, a quarterback coach, to go over just where your feet are, where your head is, where your eyes are, where the ball gets placed.”
Stafford's also getting an up close look at the development of rookie tight end
The first-round pick is starting to come along as he learns the offense, showing his athleticism on the field.
“Figuring out the offense, you’ll never be 100 percent," Ebron said. "But at least knowing what to do, where to line up and where to be, now I can do the things that got me here.”
TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW
Roles are determined in training camp, but minicamp did provide a little preview.
Whitehead, who mostly played outside his first two seasons, explained that the linebackers are practicing versatility.
“We try to rotate a few guys so everyone can get to learn three positions so you can know the whole defense," Whitehead said.
“I never played MIKE until last week, but playing it the last couple weeks I’ve been getting comfortable with it and see myself being able to do it if they need me to.”
Also showing off his versatility is wide receiver
Primarily used at the Lions' return man last season, Ross hopes to expand his role this year.
Will he see more action as a slot receiver? Only training camp will tell.
Greenwood, who's been dealing with injuries since he joined the team in 2012, knows roster spots aren't won on the sidelines.
And Moore, who's never been active for a regular season game and doesn't know if the Lions will keep three quarterbacks on the roster, is only worrying about the things he can control: learning a new offense and performing when called on.
It will be interesting to watch how it all unfolds when the team reassembles for training camp later this summer.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:
- Transaction alert: In order to free up cap room to sign first-round draft pick Eric Ebron, the Lions released Chris Houston.
- In his second edition of Now and Then, Mike O'Hara compares cornerbacks Dre Bly and
- Tim Twentyman takes a look at which second-year players in the NFC North are primed for a breakout 2014 season.
- Find out what concerned punter
Sam Martinwhen he went back and reviewed last year's film.
- How important is the mental aspect of the game? O'Hara delves into that question (and many more) in his Burning Questions column.