Around 30 Detroit Lions players showed up to Detroit Country Day today for the first unofficial organized team workout. Workouts are set to take place throughout the week, and they are finally giving the players a few days to get together and work out with each other. Thanks to the NFL lockout, there hasn't been a single OTA or minicamp, so only now is a good portion of the team getting together.
Here is a rundown of news and notes from the workout:
- Kyle Vanden Bosch, the Lions' four quarterbacks, Titus Young, Jahvid Best and the entire offensive line were among those in attendance. Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Mikel Leshoure weren't there, but they are expected to be in town for Tuesday's workout.
- Erik Coleman was also at Monday's session. Although he has spent the offseason working out with Louis Delmas in Miami, this was Coleman's first real chance to meet his new teammates.
- The setup for Monday's workout was 45 minutes of conditioning and 45 minutes of splitting into groups and doing "light drills." There was no contact.
- Mike Knight is the trainer running the workout. According to Chris McCosky, he works with a number of Red Wings and Lions players on an individual basis during the offseason.
- Gosder Cherilus, who had microfracture surgery in January, was at the workout. Tom Kowalski said Cherilus "was moving well." That, and the fact that Stephen Peterman didn't need foot surgery and was also "moving well," is good to hear.
- Kowalski also said that Stafford looks "much thicker through the chest." In pictures throughout the offseason it has looked like Stafford has bulked up quite a bit, and he said he spent 10 weeks doing upper-body training for the purpose of getting bigger and stronger.
- Jahvid Best also delivered good news regarding his past injuries, saying that he hasn't experienced pain when running in "several months." It sounds like he is back to full health.
- According to the Detroit News, Shaun Hill had surgery on his index finger last week but still participated in the throwing drills.
- Vanden Bosch helped organize the workout and sounded like a coach when he talked about it with the media after Monday's session.
"Today was kind of a feeling-out process, wanted to see where guys are at. Guys seem to be in good shape like they’ve been working out. ...’’ Vanden Bosch said. "I didn’t know what to expect coming in, but I couldn’t be happier with how things went today. They seemed to go really smoothly.’’The Oakland Press has video of Vanden Bosch speaking to the media. (There is also video of an interview with Titus Young, who was very impressed with Stafford's arm strength.)
- The team-wide workouts are scheduled to take place through Thursday.