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Leach’s Lists: Top 5 Musings From Lions Mini-Camp

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Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions reacts after a fourth quarter tackle while playing the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 26-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions reacts after a fourth quarter tackle while playing the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 26-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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By Dan Leach 

5-L is for “Lickicty Spilt”- The team as a whole looked extremely fast. Yes, they were not wearing pads, but speed is speed and the Lions have it all over the place. Reggie Bush has seemingly made a flawless transition from Miami to Motown and showed off his agility and quickness all camp long.

Glover Quin also stood out as a new addition with pure speed and I think his presence in the Lions secondary could really bolt this secondary past their recent playing level. Micheal Spurlock looks to be the kind of returner that could help the Lions with field position on returns after a year where that was a tremendous problem.

4-I is for “Imagination”- New Lions Special Team coach John Bonamego is tasked with turning around the teams biggest Achilles’ heel that cost them at least two games last season. You could see his impact right away during camp, as the Lions were running several different special teams drills focusing on kick return coverage and other areas that were not focused on at all in previous seasons.

3-O is for “Obliterate”- The D-Line seemed to really respond to new Pass Rushing Specialist coach Jim Washburn during camp. They seemed ultra-focused, upbeat, and cohesive.

Washburn comes to Detroit after years of coaching several NFL pass rushing pro’s to the Pro Bowl (Jason Babin, Albert Haynesworth, Jevon Kearse to name a few). Getting this unit to become a major threat to opponents and to rattle their QB’s is going to be key if the Lions D wants to go from a liability to a threat.

2-N is for “Nick and Ndmaukong”- Suh looked all camp long like he was ready to be the star so many feel like he can be. He seems to really be taking a leadership role and looked as good as I have seen him technique-wise in any of the mini-camps he has attended as Lion.

Fairley got off to a bad start not participating at the start of camp, but towards the end looked fast and engaged.

1-S is for “Savor the Moment”- Ziggy Ansah might be relatively new to football, and might have played in a so-called inferior conference, but this is the bottom line….he is something special. Lions fans might be watching the start of a career that could define their defense over the next decade plus.

He plays a position that is one of the most important in today’s NFL, as getting true pressure on QB’s in a pass happy league can be the difference between winning it all and missing the playoffs. He has yet to play an official down in the NFL, I know, but mark my words: Ziggy Ansah is going to be an important part of a Lions team that I firmly believe is going to be a contender for a while to come.

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