Today the Lions held their sixth organized team activity (OTA) day, the first in which Lions’ rookies participated with the veterans.
Among the rookies present were first-round draft selections defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and running back Jahvid Best.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz was pleased with what he saw on the field, but doesn’t want to make any judgments until the pads are on.
Schwartz: “It’s a non-contact organized team activity; let’s not judge them on what they did today. Their heads were swimming a little bit just coming in. They came in late Sunday night, got here yesterday, went through a workout, went through a run and then all of a sudden got (to this). I think they realized that they thought they were far along at rookie camp and then realized how far they have to go still. Both guys obviously showed why we drafted them, just running around athletically and things like that. There’s a reason that we drafted them and you’re not going to see anything other than that in mini-camp and offseason program days like this.”
For full audio of Schwartz, click here.
For Suh, today was a chance to get a feel for what practice is like at the professional level, working with the veterans at a faster pace.
Suh: “It was definitely good. I liked being with the vets, getting a true feeling for what the next level is like and really being able to see what true practice is going to be like.
“(Stephen) Peterman is definitely a vet; he knows what he’s doing and really knows this offense. Going against him, who I primarily went against today, he definitely has quick feet, (he’s a) strong guy and he’s more schooled in being able to pick up on things. You can’t give off little tips like you did in college, you have to really disguise your stuff because they start to pick up on things and those tendencies that you do. They’re a lot more schooled in that area, strength wise; do I feel like I can push him around? Not necessarily, but I think I’m strong enough to beat him to the quarterback, or I wouldn’t be at this level.”
For full audio of Suh, click here.
Best felt confident coming in today in terms of knowing the playbook, but still had some first day nerves when he took to the practice field.
Best: “It was exciting. I was a little nervous to start, but once we got into the roll of things, the game started slowing down a little bit. I got a good grasp of the playbook, so I wasn’t really worried mentally and it was just fun out there, just being with the guys. The running back group is great, they’re kind of like my big brothers right now, teaching me the ropes and everything. It’s been fun so far.”
For full audio of Best, click here.
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