As the first installment of mini-camp ends and another six week summer break begins prior to the official start of training camp, things are progressing nicely for the Detroit Lions. There has been few bits of bad news, and the team's mindset appears very confident.
Today, in Lions' links, we bring you more on the recovery of Ryan Broyles, the work ethic of the tight ends and the contract situation of Matthew Stafford. We're embarking on the final big break of the offseason, which means football is just around the corner.
- After his second torn ACL in as many years, Ryan Broyles isn't getting discouraged. Instead, he's being patient and working hard, which is leading to another quick recovery and perhaps, no inclusion on the PUP list. —Detroit Free Press
- A trouble spot last year was Detroit's group of tight ends, who had their problems. Neither Tony Scheffler nor Brandon Pettigrew are thinking about their futures, though, instead remaining focused on improving for 2013. —Detroit News
- Drew Sharp, normally a curmudgeon with everything Lions, says the team is doing the right thing in playing out contract negotiations for Matthew Stafford. Sharp says that there should be no rush in reworking Stafford's deal because there's time to make things happen. —Detroit Free Press
- The confidence train continues for the Lions, who are talking the talk this offseason about things being better. Anwar S. Richardson details Nick Fairley's newfound surge in leadership and maturity, which is a welcome sight. —Mlive.com
- Finally, the Lions had a very inspiring visitor this week at mini-camp in Balaal Hollings, a teenager from Detroit who was shot in the head but survived. Hollings delivered an inspirational message to the team about perseverance, and made a huge impact on everyone who listened to him. —The News Herald