As the Detroit Lions descend upon training camp for this year, they were certainly ready to go.
A lot of media (and some fans of rival teams) are expecting them to fall on their face, and so far the team is working hard to prove them wrong.
However, the same "are they out of control" questions plague them today as they did a week and a month ago. Releasing Johnny Culbreath and Aaron Berry didn't quiet the naysayers—it seemed to inflame them.
With that said, the Lions have moved on.
The question of who will play across from Chris Houston is a key storyline so far, and while Alphonso Smith got a lot of first-team reps, the team rotated a lot of players in that slot, according to MLive's Anwar Richardson.
It's going to be some time before that situation shakes out, but it could prove the most vital part of the season for the Lions in a conference that throws the ball so well.
Jahvid Best has started camp on the PUP list. I'll go into this further next week, but I can't think this is anything but bad. Nine months removed from the injury and we're still handling him with kid gloves? I don't know if I buy that—at this point he should be good to go.
Reports this spring were he hadn't had any concussion symptoms in a long time. If that's the case, what is holding him back?
Again, we'll delve into this more deeply next week.
That left Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith carrying the load—mostly Smith since we know Leshoure is gone for the first two games of the season. Smith has had his own injury issues but Leshoure is healthy and looked good and, according to Richardson, made cuts and looked fast.
Cliff Avril was another notable (though not surprising) absentee, and he was replaced by Lawrence Jackson who, according to multiple reports, looks good so far.
Jackson can't stay healthy, but if he manages to do that and shines in camp, he could see a lot more time on the field this year.
I've said for a while Titus Young heard the wake up call after his fight with Louis Delmas—multiple reports on Twitter and in the above linked piece have him looking exceptional so far.
Of course, they're in shorts and shells so, we'll see what we see when pads come on. Hopefully it won't be another fight.
We'll be back with more analysis of news from the Lions' training camp next week, barring anything epic happening this weekend.