The Detroit Lions kicked off their rookie orientation Friday with an afternoon practice outdoors.
All drafted rookies were in attendance, including second-overall selection DT Ndamukong Suh.
Suh on what he thought of his first day: “It was a good day; we got out there and I’m happy to be back on the field, that’s really exciting. No more combine training and those things. It’s back to football. I’m learning the basics and I’m excited.
“I love this scheme. I’ve just got to really hone into it because it’s a little bit different. It’s like in Nebraska and third-down rushing every single play, so I’ve got to get used to that and incorporate that in my body.”
Suh came from a defensive scheme in Nebraska where he wasn’t asked to rush the quarterback every down. Instead, he was asked to play the run first (on first and second down) and then rush the quarterback on third down.
The Lions’ system wants Suh to rush on every down.
Suh on whether he looks at this defense as treating every down like third down: “Yeah, as in my get-off and so forth. Obviously the game is going to change – they’ll keep it even running and passing the ball. But for the most part, I take that view of third-down get-off every single time.”
Suh says there haven’t been any surprises in regards to his first day of professional football. Without the veterans in attendance, the entire group was getting used to a faster pace and a different coaching staff.
Suh is just glad to get back to football after months of combine and draft preparation.
Suh: “When you get back on that field, it’s all about football. It’s whatever you do in between those white lines. Obviously my learning curve is going to be a lot faster than what it was in college being a freshman coming in here being a rookie. So my mindset is just to pick it up as quickly as I can and then learn what I have to get done and get it done.”
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