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Matthew Stafford Plays Role Of Coach For Titus Young, Mikel Leshoure

With coaches not allowed to do any coaching thanks to the NFL lockout, veteran players have stepped in to fill the void at the Detroit Lions' player-organized workouts. One of the best examples of this is what Matthew Stafford has done this week with rookies Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure.

It's never easy for a rookie to make the transition from college to the NFL, both on and off the field. With the current nature of the NFL, it's even tougher, as rookies can't even be coached. Stafford has been doing his best to help Young and Leshoure, though, and on Thursday he spent extra time doing some teaching with the two rookies.

The last ones off the field on Thursday were quarterback Matthew Stafford and rookie wide receiver Titus Young. The pair spent 10-15 minutes with Stafford teaching Young some of the basic passing routes. Young, a second-round draft pick out of Boise State, seems to have good hands.

Before Stafford worked with Young, he was one-on-one with rookie running back Mikel Leshoure, a second-round pick out of Illinois, showing him the basic run routes.

Stafford is also helping the rookies get situated off the field, as he set Young up with a realtor to go apartment hunting on Thursday. In fact, Stafford explained to reporters why Young was unable to be interviewed and ended up missing his ride home. At least we know he is not selfish.