The Lions, lying in wait for the new year...
The offseason is over and training camp is almost here. While many teams will begin training camp this week, the Detroit Lions will have their rookies report Tuesday with the veterans showing up on Sunday.
The first practice is a week from today when preparations for the 2014 season will begin. The Jim Caldwell era starts with the preseason opener against Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns and the regular-season opener on "Monday Night Football" against the New York Giants.
Yes, the same Giants that eliminated Detroit from the playoff race a season ago.
Throughout this week, we'll catch you up on players to pay attention to throughout training camp, issues that need to be resolved before the start of the season and some of the most critical position battles out there for the Lions.
But we'll start with a twirl around the Interwebs looking for Lions news:
Positional previews leading into Detroit Lions training camp. A projected 53-man roster for the Lions. A series on the best games ever played for some of the Lions. A look at Detroit Lions history by the numbers. Former Lions running back Kevin Jones has taken up...sailing.
Darren Keyton learned about life on the NFL's periphery from his father, writes Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions signed Reese Wiggins off waivers, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Justin Rogers from MLive looks at the backup interior line battles.
Looking way ahead, but a guy worth paying attention to for the 2015 draft could be Alani Fua. Why Fua? Well, he's the next in the line of BYU pass-rushers (and the Lions have drafted Ezekiel Ansah and Kyle Van Noy, pass-rushers from BYU, in the past two drafts) according to Brandon Judd of the Deseret News.
If you haven't read this yet, carve out some time in your Monday and check out this piece on Y.A. Tittle from colleague Seth Wickersham. One of the best stories I've read all year.
Detroit Lions fans may not like the guy since he coached the rival Packers, but this is a fascinating profile of a coach in retirement -- Mike Holmgren -- by Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated.
And last, one other name for the way, way, way future, but Matt Norlander from CBS Sports.com profiled Soso Jamabo, who could be a legitimate football and basketball Division I prospect.