The Detroit Lions finally had their first organized team activities open to the media on Thursday and with it came a flooding of news.
Most significant, however, was the situation regarding the Lions' first-round draft pick, Taylor Decker. According to several media members on site at the OTAs, Decker received the bulk of reps at left tackle with the first team offense.
This is hugely significant, as many people suspected the Lions would start Decker on the right side his rookie year and leave Riley Reiff on the left. However, it appears the Lions are going forward with the plan of having Decker on the left and Reiff on the right side.
Of course, the offseason is still incredibly young and things may change as the Lions move from OTAs to training camp, but for the team to come out in the first day of media-available OTAs with this setup really sends a message.
In other news, several Lions players did not practice today:
Lions sitting out today: Tate, Ebron, Pettigrew, Reid, Abdullah, Ola, C. Robinson, T. Wright, Tulloch, Fuehne.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 26, 2016
And if you missed it earlier, Ameer Abdullah sat out of practice because of shoulder surgery he underwent in January.