The Detroit Lions participated in day 2 of 10 of organized team activities (OTA’s) earlier today and there were more than a few notes of interest to keep an eye on going forward.
Kellen Moore could be emerging as the number two quarterback behind Stafford
Last season we saw QB Dan Orlovsky continually listed as the immediate backup to Matthew Stafford on the Lions depth chart. That could be changing in the 2015 season. Moore, who is in his fourth season out of Boise State, split second team reps with Orlovsky earlier today during drills and many, including head coach Jim Caldwell, poured heavy praise on Moore’s progression and work ethic the last few seasons.
From the Detroit News official website:
“I think any time that you get guys that are smart, that are hard workers, they continue to improve. With him, he’s got a better grasp of the offense, he’s got a better feel for the guys that he’s playing with,” Caldwell said. “I think the receivers in which he’s throwing to, he’s getting an opportunity to throw it to them a little bit more often, so there’s a bit of an uptake there. I think you see that in guys that have his kind of characteristics and makeup.”
Veteran safety Idedigbo says he is focused on helping the Lions to start “taking that next step”; no comment from agent on contract negotiations
After he surprised many by showing up and particpating in Day 1 of OTA’s on Tuesday, James Ihedigbo returned on Wednesday as focused and ready as he was the previous day. He referred to his fellow teammates as “brothers” and only had this to say about his contract dispute:
“It’s the nature of the business,” Ihedigbo said. “It’s never anything personal. It has nothing to do with how an organization feels towards you or you feel towards an organization.”
Ihedigbo also confirmed he will be participating in the remainder of OTA’s and the upcoming mini-camp that follows after.
“I’m here and my mindset is really to get better at my craft and help my teammates,” he said.
Day 2 brought more missing faces for the Lions
The list of players missing from this week’s OTA’s got a little longer during Wednesday’s session. A few key players who sat out of drills today included RB Joique Bell and OT LaAdrian Waddle, who both are still recovering from offseason surgeries. Rookies Ameer Abdullah (particpating in NFLPA Rookie Premiere) and Alex Carter (academic obligations at Stanford) were also not present on the practice field Wednesday.
A few players of note that particpated but were limited in drills include:
DeAndre Levy (undisclosed), Stephen Tulloch (knee), Larry Warford (undisclosed) and Joseph Fauria (ankle).
Despite this list of names, coach Caldwell felt very optimistic about the health of the team moving forward:
“They’re coming along well,” coach Jim Caldwell said of the players recovering from surgeries, including linebacker Stephen Tulloch. “All of them are progressing. They’re all making good positive progress. No one is behind schedule at this point.”
Other information regarding OTA’s
The OTA’s will be held May 26th-28th, June 2nd-4th, and June 8th-11th. The Lions will then hold a mandatory minicamp June 16th-18th.
The NFL has specific guidelines as far as what teams can and cannot do in OTA’s.
Here is a breakdown of those rules from Niners Nation:
No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills permitted, but team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted. This includes 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11. Players can be required to wear helmets, but shells are not permitted. No live contact is permitted. (e.g. “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing and bump-and-run).