–QB Matthew Stafford said on Twitter he was going to begin throwing this week. Coach Jim Schwartz said, “Everyone is pleased with his rehab. We don’t anticipate any difficulties going forward. I get reports on a consistent basis. We can’t supervise the workouts but we can communicate with those who are supervising the workouts.”
Asked about Stafford being affected by the lockout, Schwartz said, “I’ve heard a lot of people talk about young quarterbacks and the potential of missing offseason workouts and how it sets them back in their development. I know enough about Matt to know we’re not really talking about that. We’re talking about his health, not that he needs to learn the offense or he needs to become a more accurate thrower or he needs to learn the defenses or his work ethic needs to get better. He’s not dealing with issues like that. He’s dealing with the ability to be on the field and we are confident he is going to get that behind him.”
–The Lions have appealed a tampering ruling by the league for comments defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham made last year concerning players on the Chiefs.
The league announced the Lions and Chiefs would swap draft positions in the fifth round, with the Lions also forfeiting a seventh-round pick.
–C Mike Pouncey from Florida and Pitt DE Greg Romeus visited the Lions in mid-March. Said Pouncey, “I loved the facilities. It’s a nice town and I just loved the whole visit, meeting with the coaching staff and everyone.”
Romeus said he’s impressed with the team’s defense. He said, “The Lions’ defense is much different compared to other defenses that I’ve seen. It works. I love the way their scheme is presented with the way they’re playing and just the hustling that they have on the field. It would be a great fit for me.”
The Lions also have had visits from Colorado CB Jimmy Smith, Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara and Cal DE Cam Jordan. They have workouts scheduled with Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, Virginia Union OT Dave Mims and Fresno State LB Chris Carter.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I don’t think that there will be an agreement anytime soon. I’m saying that I’m not too hopeful, but I’m working out right now as if I’m getting a call any day that things are back on.” — WR Nate Burleson.
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