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Lions notes: Wrapping up Detroit's rookie minicamp

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Lions notes takes a look at various tidbits from Detroit's three-day rookie minicamp.

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  • On the first day of the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp, Jim Caldwell said that Chris Houston might not be ready for the start of training camp because of the toe surgery he had last week. On the final day of the minicamp, Caldwell made more news by saying that he expects Ndamukong Suh to be in town this week for the Lions' first set of OTAs.

  • Eric Ebron has already spent some time practicing with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

  • Nevin Lawson had a pretty great comment about being teammates with Johnson. Lawson, by the way, got work both outside and in the slot during the Lions' rookie minicamp.

  • Travis Swanson practiced at both center and offensive guard during the minicamp.

  • The Lions are planning to have Nate Freese, who worked with Jason Hanson during the minicamp, compete with Sam Martin for the kickoff specialist job.

  • Cornelius Lucas is using his undrafted status as motivation. The Lions may not have spent a pick on him, but it turns out that they first contacted Lucas about potentially joining the team in the fourth round of the draft. Needless to say, they really wanted to sign him.

  • As noted by Josh Katzenstein, Caraun Reid and Bill Ford Jr. both went to Princeton.
  • The Chicago Bears' decision to draft Kyle Fuller has provided Corey Fuller with some extra motivation to make the Lions' 53-man roster.
  • Larry Webster has decided to wear No. 79 (Willie Young's old number).

  • In other jersey news, it sounds like Kyle Van Noy isn't planning to keep No. 95, which is his current number. Chances are he will switch it before the regular season begins.