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Notes: Lions begin virtual offseason program due to COVID-19

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Offseason programs include a three-week classroom instruction period.

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The Detroit Lions are one of 20 teams starting their virtual offseason programs Monday, per NFL.com.

The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed on the programs on April 13 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The other 12 teams started last Monday.

The programs entail a three-week virtual period with classroom instruction, workouts, and non-football educational programs on video calls. This period should end no later than May 15.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn spoke about what his players can expect during this week of “practice.”

“We’re going to use two hours every day during the phase one to do online classroom,” Quinn said. “So, that’s what we’re going to do. That’s going to be what we ask our players to do, obviously it’s voluntary. So, that will be two hours a day. I believe it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. I can’t remember, four days a week starting Monday. That’s what we’ll do and then they’ll workout on their own.”

On-field work is not allowed until all 32 club facilities reopen — it’s all teams or no teams. But teams can send up to $1,500 worth of equipment and monitoring devices, like Apple watches, kettlebells, etc. — to each player.

If facilities don’t open before June 26 during the offseason programs, teams can conduct a virtual mandatory veteran minicamp—two hours of classroom time and two hours of workout time.

And onto the rest of your notes.

  • Detroit Free Press’ Carlos Monarrez is picking the Lions’ winners and losers following the draft. “Lions fans got what they finally deserved: A draft without head-scratching decisions that instead was filled almost entirely with players who fill immediate needs and should help the team improve this season.”