The Detroit Lions will hold their mandatory minicamp starting on Tuesday. The primary difference between the three-day event and the 10 organized team activity practices the Lions have conducted over the past three weeks is attendance is now required. "Honestly, minicamp is just an extension of our OTAs," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "It's really no different. You know, we have 10 OTA days and we have three mini-camp practices, but really, it's just 13 practices. "We just like to get most of our installation done before we get to training camp. If we can get the players comfortable with the scheme, when they get to training camp it can be about physical talent and competition and not so much about trying to learn the playbook." Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh highlighted the importance of wrapping up the majority of installation process during OTAs. "It's an opportunity to go into minicamp and refine everything," Suh said. "Obviously, we can't have the pads on, so we can't get 100 percent full speed, but we can get very close." On the other side of the ball, wide receiver Nate Burleson said the team is ahead of schedule compared to last year, which is giving the offense an opportunity to expand the playbook. "We came in and started to implement plays we wouldn't usually put in until training camp," Burleson said during an interview with NFL Radio last week. "The guys are able to take a playbook as early as May, go out there and run it flawlessly, no mistakes, that gives us more time to, one, perfect our craft and chase that goal of being an unstoppable offense.
Detroit Lions kick off three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday
Michigan Live | Jun 11