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Detroit Lions Links: Updates on Camp Battles at Guard, Tight End and Outside Linebacker

August 3rd, 2013 at 9:55 AM
By Max DeMara

Following the first week of training camp and prior to next weekend's first preseason game, little is known about who might win camp battles for the Detroit Lions. In one race, there's been hints, but nothing concrete as of yet.

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Today, Lions Links catches fans up on some different opinions of where the roster fights stand, most importantly at right guard, outside linebacker and kicker. Even if there's indecision on current leaders, most everyone can agree there is some fantastic competition this season at many different spots.

  • Training camp yesterday brought an interesting visitor who's been out of the NFL since before last season. Chad Johnson was visiting Michigan to watch his daughter compete in the AAU Junior Olympics at Eastern Michigan University, but took time out to talk Lions football and visit the team. Detroit Free Press
  • There's many camp battles unfolding, but none perhaps as interesting as the one on the offensive line. Dylan Gandy, a 10-year NFL veteran, is trying to edge out rookie Larry Warford, fellow veteran Jake Scott and young Rodney Austin at guard. Dave Birkett tells the story of how the journeyman backup is attempting to nail down a starting job. Detroit Free Press
  • Another tough competition is unfolding at tight end, as three players—Michael Williams, Joseph Fauria and Matt Veldman—are attempting to emerge as capable backups to starters Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler. Josh Katzenstein details the strong points of each player and breaks down where the competitors stand. Detroit News
  • The final fight for a starting job has taken hold at left outside linebacker. Previously, the competition was thought to be between Tahir Whitehead, Ashlee Palmer and Travis Lewis, but Lewis has been working mostly as a middle linebacker in recent days, meaning the fight for the job could be between Whitehead and Palmer. Detroit News
  • Most of this offseason, a public concern has been how special teams will look. If the attitude of new special team's coordinator John Bonamego is any indication, the Lions will be much improved in 2013. Among other things, Bonamego apparently uses a speaker to amplify his voice at practice and has put the Lions through several new drills. Detroit News
  • Many different opinions exist on new kicker Havard Rugland, the foreigner who's getting a look in camp. Some pundits think he's kicked well, like's Dan Hanzus, and others haven't been as impressed. Still, the bottom line for both groups is Rugland seems like a long shot to make the roster with veteran David Akers in the fold, barring injury of course.

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

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