Today the Lions wrapped-up their three day rookie orientation with a final morning practice and rookies will begin departing this afternoon.
Regardless of whether they’ll be returning to the team’s training and practice facility on May 16, Head Coach Jim Schwartz sent the same message that every player’s effort was appreciated and for each to continue working towards their goal of playing in the NFL.
Schwartz: “No. 1, (I told them) thanks for their effort. We have a lot of different guys here. We have a couple of guys who still haven’t gotten an accredited year, that have come and worked this camp for us. Other guys are drafted players, other guys are signed free agents, other guys are unsigned free agents that were here on an extended tryout. When we got them all together on Thursday we said, ‘The one goal that you all have to have here is to leave here on Sunday a better football player then you came.’
“There are a lot of different circumstances: guys that make it as free agents, guys that don’t make it as draft picks, guys that persevere and I just told them a couple stories about guys that I’ve known that have stood right where they have been standing and have left the building as these guys are leaving today and have gone to have 12- and 14-year NFL careers. There were guys that were unsigned after a camp like this. These guys have worked very hard and we were able to get a lot of work done this weekend.”
For the Lions first round draft selection, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the past few days have better prepared him for where he’s going to fit in once he returns to practice with the veterans.
Suh: “The weekend was good. I learned a lot and that’s what I wanted to come in here and take this weekend to do, just to really learn the scheme and understand what I had to get done and where I’m pretty much going to be placed in their defense. It’s obviously not set in stone and things can always change, but as of right now I have a good idea of where I’m going to be, what I need to get done and what I need to work on when I get these next two weeks off and come back for OTA’s.”
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