Travis Lewis is in good spirits these days. Not only is the second-year linebacker playing with the first team during minicamp this week, but his hometown San Antonio Spurs are playing in the NBA Finals. And, and after the Spurs beat the Heat, 113-77, on Tuesday, Lewis posted a video on Vine saying the score followed by a drawn out, “Damn!” “We killed them last night,” said Lewis, who has a friendly wager on the series with middle linebacker and Miami native Stephen Tulloch. Now, onto football. Lewis will be in a heated battle this offseason with veteran Ashlee Palmer and fellow 2012 pick Tahir Whitehead for the outside linebacker vacancy. During Wednesday’s minicamp, Lewis spent a majority of the time with the first team alongside starting linebackers Tulloch and DeAndre Levy. Palmer also has been competing a lot with the first team during offseason workouts, while Whitehead has played predominantly with the second team. “They’re battling, those three guys,” Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. “They’re all making plays and I always tell (linebackers coach Matt Burke) it’s about the trust. Who is going to make the most plays without messing one up?” And although Lewis will have a shot at a starting job in 2013, there was a time last season where he was worried about just making the team. Lewis tore his hamstring during the combine, but the Lions still drafted him in the seventh round. Then, during the second exhibition against the Ravens, he tore his quad. “Luckily, I showed enough in that first preseason game where they kept me and now I’m able to run around and make plays,” he said. Lewis played special teams in 2012, but said he never felt 100 percent and continued rehabbing this offseason. Now, he feels faster, more explosive and better prepared to show why he started four seasons at Oklahoma.
Three Lions linebackers eye the outside spot
Detroit News | Jun 13