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Detroit Lions Links: Previewing Traning Camp Battles as Reggie Bush Learns the Playbook

June 22nd, 2013 at 8:47 AM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Lions, by their recent standards set in 2012, have had a very quiet offseason. Instead of arrests or incidents, this June, we're talking about camp battles, debating the move of the NFL Draft and marveling over Reggie Bush's quick understanding of the offensive playbook and Nick Fairley's refined approach.

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Quite frankly, it's been a nice departure from last summer's craziness. We calm things down further with even more positive news from around the web in this week's edition of Lions' Links.

  • We've discussed the Lions' situation at linebacker, but rarely has anyone mentioned the name Jon Morgan, who is an undrafted rookie out of Albany. Morgan is trying to make an impression on Detroit and his new position coach Matt Burke. Detroit Free Press
  • Though many may be critical of the NFL's decision to move the draft to May due to a schedule conflict at Radio City Music Hall, don't count Lions' boss Jim Schwartz among the opposition. Schwartz said it doesn't matter when the draft is, because he does what the league tells him to do. Detroit Free Press
  • Reggie Bush is already comfortable with his new playbook. The Lions' running back says he's good with what Scott Linehan plans to be calling in the fall, and Linehan believes that's the biggest reason Detroit's offense will be successful in 2013. —
  • Another impressive player this offseason is Nick Fairley. Showing a newfound maturity, Fairley has his priorities in order, and continues to reiterate his goal of becoming one of the best defensive tackles in the league and enjoying team success. Detroit Free Press
  • Lions' fans will have a few camp battles to look forward to in a month. In addition to the fight for the other outside linebacker spot, jobs at kicker and punter are up for grabs, as well as on the offensive line, where Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox will duke it out at tackle. —
  • In the event that the Lions need depth on the offensive line, Mlive's Josh Slagter reminds the team that Brandon Moore and Eric Winston are still the best remaining free agents on the market. —

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on his personal Twitter account @SportsGuyTheMax or on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Corey Hilliard, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jason Fox, Jim Schwartz, NFL, NFL Draft, Nick Fairley, Reggie Bush, Scott Linehan

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