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REPORT DATES: July 22nd (rookies), July 25th (veterans)
SITE: Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, MI
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: This is a make or break year for Lions coach Jim Schwartz. A dismal 4-12 season had Detroit in all too familiar territory this spring, mulling a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. The Lions thought they put that kind of thing behind them after a 2011 playoff appearance but things went off the rails pretty quickly last year and it's imperative Schwartz turns things around. Cleaning up the mental mistakes and all the pre-snap penalties would go a long way in curing the woes of Detroit's talented offense, led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, and All-World receiver Calvin Johnson, the second selection in the '07 draft. Add in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the second pick in the 2010 draft, and this year's No. 5 selection, DE Ezekiel Ansah, from the other side of the ball and you see Detroit has far too much experience picking in the top 10 along with way too much talent to be doing so again.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 9 - vs. NY Jets, 7:30 PM Aug 15 - at Cleveland, 7:30 PM Aug 22 - vs. New England, 7:30 PM Aug 29 - at Buffalo, 7:00 PM