Slay: “I feel like we’re going to be a good, balanced team”

Posted by Tara Altman on August 6, 2013 – 4:07 pm

“Practice has been going pretty well. Today I feel like it picked up a lot, just because of Friday coming up with our first preseason game. The tempo and everything has kicked up a notch.

“We haven’t started watching game film on the Jets yet, we’ll probably start that tomorrow and today we’ll watch film and see what we messed up on at practice. I don’t know too much about their offense – I do know their quarterback, Geno. Really I’ve been worrying more about what’s going on here at this facility, and tomorrow we’ll start the game plan.

“I’m just really looking forward to a great time, a great competition, and a great fan base. I’m not nervous at all,  I’m just hoping for the best.

“I think our offense is really coming together, we got a lot of help out there with Calvin, then you have Bush, he can spread the field a lot at running back or receiver, we have Patrick Edwards who can spread the field out with his speed and all that, so I feel like we’re going to be a good, balanced team.

“So far, I’ve learned a lot of technique since I’ve been here, that’s been the main thing, and I think my talent level has really increased. I’ve been getting a lot of treatment on my body, making sure I stay healthy and right now I’m feeling good.”

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Calvin Johnson breaks down the Lions’ secondary

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 2, 2013 – 7:50 pm

Ron Bartell“I always go against the starting two corners, Chris Houston and Ron Bartell, and they’re bigger backs. Both Chris and Bartell are real strong. You have to use all your techniques in order to get off the line with those guys.

“They also have experience, which makes a lot of difference — it is everything in the NFL. The more experience you have, the better your instincts are … and at cornerback, instincts are everything.

“Looking at our young guys, Chris Greenwood is finally getting to see the field. He doesn’t have as much experience with us on the field as he might want, but he’s being physical out there so that will play out better for him.

“Bentley, he’s got a little game experience. If he just stays healthy, he’s going to be all right — he’s going to be a playmaker for us. And with Jonte, we just need him to stay healthy and be a little more physical out there and he’ll be all right.

“The rookie, Slay, he’s got the tools. He’s got the speed, he can catch the ball, and he can make plays on the ball. He’s an all-around good corner but he’s still raw. For him, the biggest thing is getting experience from us in training camp and preseason.

“Having a veteran like Quin out there is also going to help out a lot. Its like when we had Delmas out there last year. When you got Delmas out there, everybody is comfortable, everybody knows what to do. I think we can get the same thing out of Quin.”

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Bush: “I definitely hope that I can come in here and make life a little easier for Stafford, Megatron”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on July 30, 2013 – 7:00 am

Reggie Bush“The reception here has been really positive.  I’ve really enjoyed the fans being out here and showing support for me. With this being my first year in Detroit, you never know how the fans are going to respond. I think the reception has been overwhelming. I’ve really enjoyed it.

“The fans have been supporting me and cheering me on. It’s not just about me, but obviously it makes my job a little easier knowing that they are here behind me and I’m happy that I’m here.

“Coming into a new fan base is a little different, just because you have to start all over again. You start all over with new fans, new team, and new environment. I think the fans are the best part about it; getting to switch teams and meeting different people, having different fans and earning your respect with your new fan base. I enjoy that side of it. I think the tough part is getting adjusted to the new environment, making a move, finding a home, all of that.

“Our last few practices have been really productive. I think we’ve gotten a lot accomplished and it feels like everybody is on the same page. We all have one goal and everyone is on the same page to achieve it — we’re just taking baby steps. We’re making each day count and I feel like we are getting better every day and that is what’s most important.

“For me, personally, having such a high expectation placed on me is a good problem to have. I definitely hope that I can come in here and make life a little easier for Stafford, Megatron, Pettigrew, Scheffler and Burleson … all those guys. Because obviously the offensive passing game is really good, it’s superior. So my job is to come in here and help bring in a solid, consistent running game that’s going to compliment the passing game.”

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Slay: “The first padded practice was very intense”

Posted by Tara Altman on July 29, 2013 – 3:09 pm

“My offseason was pretty good. I went home for about two weeks to chill with my son, then I went back to Mississippi State to train with the team. I wanted to be in better shape, and stay in shape, so I went back to my school.

“So far, camp has been pretty good. Right now I’m just learning, getting my technique better, and my athletic ability will be able to take care of itself. I’m in the learning process still.

“The schedule hasn’t been too exhausting. There are definitely a lot more meetings than there were during mini-camp, and it’s a lot more competitive. People are turning it up another notch now – I need to turn myself up a whole other notch now. I’m just out there competing with everybody else.

“I feel good about the tempo of practice. I feel like I’m up to speed and I can keep up with everybody. I have to make sure that I continue to take care of my body more because I do feel it when it comes time at the end of practice, but I just keep pushing through it.

“The first padded practice was very intense. First part of practice, you want to be good to put it on film for us to watch. Everybody is trying to do their job. If you mess up, make sure you correct it and do it at full speed, running to the ball and all that stuff. It was just real intense. I have to get used to that, I haven’t been in pads in a long time.

“Going up Calvin is great. Playing against the best, you have to be the best. I’m having a great time out there competing against him. I’m waiting for the day that he gives me some tips on what to watch out for and I’m guessing I’ll get some at the end of camp.

“Overall, I feel good physically. Right now I’m about to get in the cold tub to get my body right. But I’m feeling pretty good.”

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#AskMegatron: Does Calvin Johnson think he can break his own record?

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on July 27, 2013 – 1:19 pm

Calvin Johnson

Switching up his blog a little for training camp, Calvin Johnson (@BigplayCJ) takes it to the fans, answering questions posed on Twitter. Fans can follow the Detroit Lions @DetroitlionsNFL!

@ConnorGraham39 asks, “Thoughts on Reggie Bush being a Detroit Lion?”

MEGATRON: “Going to be a big help. It’s going to take pressure off everybody on the offense making plays because he’s going to be out there making plays and moving us up and down the field as well.”

@JoeandEff asks, “what are the top three things the lions must do to win the division this year?”

MEGATRON:“Win. Make plays at the end of the game and start faster.”

@Mrsemipro asks, “what kind of car do you drive?”

MEGATRON:“Don’t worry about it. I don’t want people to know what I drive.”

@AKDW90 asks, “What are your personal goals for 2013?”

MEGATRON: “Personal goal is to do better than I did last year in every category.”

@go20lions asks, “What is your favorite stadium away from #FordField to play in and why?”

MEGATRON: “Green Bay just because of the history.”

@steven_welling asks, “what’s your favorite restaurant in Detroit?

MEGATRON: “Morton’s. I did like that Joe Maur. I’ve only been there once, but it’s good.”

@Ed2cool901 asks, “pick a hall of fame DB to go against for one game #AskMegatron”

MEGATRON: “Hall of Fame to go against the best, it would have to be Deion (Sanders).”

@DetroitlionsNFL asks, “Who would win?”

MEGATRON: “Aw man, I’m gonna go up on him.”

@TheRealNate13 asks, “Who is the best DB in the #NFL at covering you 1 on 1 in man coverage?”

MEGATRON: “I don’t know, it’s tough because I don’t go against the same guy all the time. Guys, they play double coverage, so it’s hard to say. Chris (Houston) does a hell of a job. I see him every day and we go one-on-one, so that’s a battle in itself.”

@SquirmyWilliams asks, “How do you plan to repeat last years performance and do you think it is possible to do again?”

MEGATRON: “It’s definitely possible, but if guys are healthy, I shouldn’t have to do that.”

What does it mean to you to be called Megatron?

MEGATRON: “It’s cool. I just try to be big and strong and fast like he is (laughter)

@sabree06 asks, “Do you think you would have a dominating player in baseball, like you are in football?”

Megatron: “I would hope so. I think so.”

@ChrisN408 asks, “how did you feel when you realized you broke Jerry Rice’s record for most yards in a season?”

Megatron: “It was humbling. I didn’t think it was possible, but it happened. It was just from hard work and, like I said, when guys went down I had to take on a lot of our offense.”

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Reggie Bush on the offseason: “I think we laid out a foundation and now we have to continue to build on that”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on June 17, 2013 – 11:32 am

bush-blog-061713“I got a lot out of this offseason. I really got into the flow, I think, of the offense and started to develop relationships with my teammates.

“I think we laid out a foundation and now we have to continue to build on that. With this time off, guys have got to be smart and just make sure that we’re staying in shape, doing the right things and making the right decisions on and off the field.

“Then when we get back, it’s full go. I thought my time was well spent in my offseason here. I learned a lot and I’m excited about this break. Then once training camp comes around, it’ll be time to go.

“Looking ahead to the next six weeks, I have enough experience now to where I know what my body needs, when I need it, how to stay in shape and when to turn it on right before training camp to get myself prepared for the long haul.

“I have a set program for myself. It won’t be as intense right now just because I’d like to taper it back a little bit and then pick it back up towards the middle of July, right before training camp.

“I think the key is to not overwork yourself because I think one thing that guys get caught up in is they train so hard that by the time they finish week one of training camp, they’re already drained.

“So I think there has to be a happy medium where you’re still training hard, but you’re not killing yourself and wearing yourself down. You still want to be in good shape, but at the same time you have to save something in the tank, too, because training camp is tough.”

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Slay: “Going up against guys like Calvin and Nate has made me better already”

Posted by Tara Altman on June 13, 2013 – 3:00 pm

Calvin Johnson, Darius Slay

“It was very exciting to be on the field for all three mini-camp practices. Learning the plays, practicing with everybody and getting better everyday – that was what my goal was, and I enjoyed it.

“I would rate my practice performance pretty high, just because I’ve been learning and trying to go at full speed at what I do … I feel like a good 8 or 9 right now. I feel pretty good.

“Going up against guys like Calvin and Nate has made me better already. Practicing against these guys everyday is just going to get me better. I really don’t know how you can’t get better going up against them. It’s a blessing to be able to go up against them.

“But, man, I’m ready to go home. I’ve got to get back and see my boy. He’s ready to see me and I’m read to see him too. He hasn’t been up here yet, he’s ready to come up though.

“I’m going to leave tomorrow and train back at school, at Mississippi State, and just stay in shape. Got to make sure I stay in shape and come back ready for camp.”

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Slay: “I’ve been on the field two days now, and it feels good to get moving.”

Posted by Tara Altman on June 4, 2013 – 3:51 pm

Darius Slay

CB Darius Slay

“I’ve been on the field two days now, and it feels good to get moving. I feel comfortable right now and I’m blessed to be out there, so I’m just having a good time. I’m feeling real good physically, I’m just waiting for coach Schwartz to give me the go call, so I can go for the whole time, but I guess they’re going to be patient and wait. It is a little bit difficult to be held back, but it’s for my safety and I understand that.

“Chris (Houston) is continuing to coach me up. The first day that I got a little more activity in he talked to me about the coverage and what I should do here, depending on what happens there, etc., so he helped me a lot – him and Ron (Bartell).

“Next week is mini-camp, I’m just taking it one day at a time. Like I said, I’m just ready for the go call, but I’m looking forward to next week. I’m ready. I’m ready to participate in everything we do, go at it and get better.”

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Bush: “Honestly, I believe there’s no excuse for us not to have the No. 1-ranked offense”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on June 3, 2013 – 4:29 pm

Reggie BushPhoto: G. Smith/Detroit Lions

“I’ve enjoyed working with my teammates at the of beginning this journey and developing chemistry with the guys and the offense. Coach Modkins has been great. So far it’s been really good. No complaints.

“Getting to know my teammates, I’m not finding anything I didn’t already know or expect. Stafford – he’s great. He has a really strong arm. He seems like a very good leader. Seems like he has all the intangibles that you need in your quarterback. Calvin Johnson’s a beast. Nate Burleson’s another guy that’s a vet and seems like a leader and a hard worker. Again, another good player.

“Honestly, I believe there’s no excuse for us not to have the No. 1-ranked offense. We have all the right pieces and the necessary players here to be the top offense in the league. No excuse.

“Chemistry is something that takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. When I was in New Orleans, we won a Super Bowl, but it took us a couple years. Our first year we had success — we went to the NFC Championship game. Then the next two years we didn’t even make the playoffs. Then all of a sudden that fourth year we won a Super Bowl. It takes time. It seems like a lot of these guys, they’ve all been here for awhile, they’ve been here together, and it seems like their chemistry is really good.

“In general conversation, guys ask how it feels to win a Super Bowl, stuff like that. Calvin asked me about winning a Super Bowl. That was pretty much it. I try not to bring it up too much because that’s in the past. This is a different team. Different team, different time. None of that is going to have any bearing on what we do. Only thing I can bring is my experience and hopefully my leadership and help the guys and help them by being a leader on this team.”

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Darius Slay on OTAs: “It’s killing me being on the sideline”

Posted by Tara Altman on May 29, 2013 – 4:15 pm

Darius Slay“OTA’s have been going pretty good. I’ve learned a lot just by watching film, and the veterans are teaching me a lot, teaching me the game, trying to turn me into a vet at an early age.

“I ask Chris Houston a lot of questions. He’s one of the oldest ones here, he’s played the position for a long time, he knows a lot about the game, so he’s been teaching me his little tricks.

“Really I’ve been learning the game a lot faster than I thought I would. I’ve learned real well, it’s not hard and they’re making it real simple and easy for me. I feel like I’m pretty much in good shape right now, but it’s killing me being on the sideline.

“It’s also very helpful to be able to talk to coaches. Gun’s always coming over trying to give me a little pointer every day, teach me something about football. Coach Robertson, he just wants to make sure I know all the plays – that’s it.

“I’m actually going to find a place to live this weekend. I’m enjoying the environment, but this is really the first it’s been hot, every other day it’s been raining. My car was shipped up today and my son will be coming up as soon as I get a place.”

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