The offseason is officially over for the Detroit Lions' rookies and injured players. I say that because that group of players reported for training camp on Tuesday. Practice doesn't officially begin until next Monday, and veterans won't even be in town until Sunday, but the Lions' rookies and injured players have checked in for training camp in Allen Park.
Upon arriving on Tuesday, first-round pick Laken Tomlinson didn't shy away from potentially high expectations for the Lions in his rookie season.
Lions rookie G Laken Tomlinson: "It's very possible that we could go to the Super Bowl this year." Confidence high in Allen Park for 2015.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) July 28, 2015
Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs didn't make any comments about the Super Bowl or anything like that, but he's feeling confidence of his own when it comes to potentially earning the Lions' starting nickelback job.
Quandre Diggs said getting first-team reps in OTAs gave him a ton of confidence coming into camp & he feels he can win starting nickel spot.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 28, 2015
The Lions' rookies didn't exactly contribute a whole lot in 2014, but the team went 11-5 and made the playoffs anyway. This year, however, Tomlinson, Diggs, Ameer Abdullah, Gabe Wright and Michael Burton could all see a significant amount of playing time as rookies depending on how certain camp battles play out. We'll get our first look at those camp battles and the rookies' potential impact next Monday.