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Lions players starting to arrive in Detroit for offseason workouts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, not really, but it’s something.

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Can you all feel it? That freshly cut grass beneath the few inches of snow? That cool wisp of winter air that’s lingering months after it should? That time of year when the NHL and NBA playoffs ramp up for most teams that reside outside of the Metro Detroit area?

That must mean it’s time for offseason workouts!

Sure, to the Detroit Lions fan, offseason workouts mean next to nothing, but for the players themselves, it’s a signifier that it’s back to work. And for the Lions specifically, it marks the true beginning of the Matt Patricia era. The Lions players will begin the first phase in workouts on Monday and have their first opportunity to meet and talk with Patricia. There won’t be anything resembling a football practice happening, but players will get oriented in Patricia’s system and begin workout regimens.

And the players are already starting to arrive in Detroit.

First, there’s the Lions’ biggest offseason acquisition to date, linebacker Devon Kennard. He packed things up on Friday, and is excited to kick of his Lions career:

Some of the regulars, however, are just excited to hang out with their boys in the locker room. Check out this conversation between Quandre Diggs, Tavon Wilson and Jalen Reeves-Maybin:

Veterans Sam Martin and Ameer Abdullah boarded planes recently to find their way back to Detroit:

With the Pistons and Red Wings’ seasons essentially over and the Tigers picking up where they left off last year, there’s not much to be excited about in Detroit sports at the moment. So anything that is a sign of football to come brings with it an additional boost of hype.

Let the Matt Patricia era officially begin!

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