Bill Bentley on Monday’s workout with the Lions’ vets

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 14, 2012 – 12:57 pm

After participating in this past weekend’s mini-camp, signed rookies are now eligible to participate in the team’s voluntary workout program, putting them with veteran players for the first time.

Cornerback Bill Bentley – the Lions’ third-round draft choice – offered insight into camp and Monday’s workout.

On the rookie mini-camp: “The weekend was great. The first impression was pretty good. I came and learned a few things, got adjusted to speed and am picking up every day as I try to progress and get better.”

On Monday’s workout: “I came out and got good conditioning in and that was pretty good. You’ve got stay in shape and keep your endurance up.”

On working with veterans and rookies together: “I kind of felt more comfortable with the veterans being here because they know more and you learn from them as time goes on. I’m just trying to learn from those veterans and help to contribute in any way that I can.”

On which veterans made an impact: “Alphonso Smith and Aaron Berry. All those guys were reaching out early and helping me try to learn things fast so I can contribute to the team and they welcomed me with hands open. I really appreciate that.”

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Source: Lions set to sign WR Wallace Miles

Posted by ttwentyman on May 14, 2012 – 11:21 am

The Lions plan to sign North Carolina A&T receiver Wallace Miles to a free agent contract, Miles’ agent Derrick Fox confirmed.

Miles (6-0, 191) participated in Lions rookie mini-camp this weekend as a tryout player.

Miles became the first player in North Carolina A&T history to record more than 1,000 yards in a season last year, finishing with 70 receptions for 1,048 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned punts.

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According to agent, Lions sign Oklahoma S Sam Proctor after weekend tryout

Posted by ttwentyman on May 14, 2012 – 10:10 am

The Lions signed Oklahoma safety Sam Proctor to a free agent contract following his tryout this weekend, according to his agent Bill Parise.

Proctor (6-2, 222) obviously did enough to impress Lions coaches this weekend and will transition right into the offseason training program with the other rookie draft picks and free agents.

Proctor was a mostly a backup at Oklahoma with 13 starts in 53 games. He ended his career with 103 tackles.

The Lions have brought in veteran free agent safeties O.J. Atogwe, Chris Crocker and Sean Jones this offseason. The Lions are certainly trying to bolster the talent and depth on that unit.

The Lions still have room for one more signing before they get to the maximum 90 allowed on the roster.

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