NFL training camps may be the true beginning of the new season.
Sure, there is the offseason, and light workouts in shorts, but training camp is when it really starts to feel like football. After the slow month of June, camp is a bastion of interest and questions.
In fact, there is too much going on in this year's training camp for it to be contained in a single article. So we're doing something a little different here.
Bookmark this page, for it truly is a complete training camp guide. Each slide will discuss a different issue in training camp, but rather than be contained to a single slide, it will link out to an entire article about that topic. We're sparing no expense here.
Want to know about every player on the 90-man roster? Breakdowns of the biggest roster battles? An introduction to the rookies and UDFAs? More than that?
We've got you covered. Read on for everything you could possibly need to know about training camp, all presented by yours truly.
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Detroit Lions 2013 Training Camp Schedule
Location: Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, MI
Rookies Report: July 22
Veterans Report: July 25
Open Practice Schedule
The Lions will hold practices open to the general public the following dates and times, according to the team's official website. Gates open 30 minutes prior to the listed start time.
Monday, July 29 - 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday, July 30 - 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 1 - 9:15 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 2 - 9:15 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3 - 3 p.m. (Family Weekend)
Sunday, Aug. 4 - 9:15 a.m. (Family Weekend)
Tuesday, Aug. 6 - 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 - 9:15 a.m.
Detroit Lions 2013 Preseason Schedule
Week 1: vs. New York Jets (Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., WXYZ—ABC)
Week 2: at Cleveland Browns (Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m., WXYZ—ABC)
Week 3: vs. New England Patriots (Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., WXYZ—ABC)
Week 4: at Buffalo Bills (Aug. 29, 7 p.m. WXYZ—ABC)
The Lions will only take 53 players into the regular season, but they have 90 on the roster now. You could do some research on who those 37 relative unknowns are, or you could click through because I've done that work for you!
Enjoy this breakdown of every single player on the 90-man roster.
Will Louis Delmas be able to play? Is Ziggy Ansah ready for the big time? What do the Lions have in store for Joique Bell? These are some of the questions on every Lions fan's mind this training camp.
Discussions of these and a bunch of other questions lie through the link below.
When you think training camp, you think roster battles.
In 2012, the Lions returned 21 of their 22 starters, so the camp battles were a bit tamer than usual.
One year later, the Lions are looking to fill starting positions all over the roster, and the battles are mostly wide open. Here's a preview of the most important ones.
Training camp will be the first opportunity for the Lions' 2013 class of rookies to don a full set of pads and show what they can really do.
Maybe you know the nine draftees the Lions are bringing into camp, but how much do you know about the 10 undrafted free agents coming to camp?
Click below and find out more about the youngest additions to the Lions' squad.
With all the excitement and intrigue surrounding training camp, there are also 37 players on the 90-man roster who will get very bad news by early September.
Many of the players who end up cut will have never truly come close to making the roster.
These guys are different. These guys are right on the fence between making the roster and being out of work.
Which guys, you ask? Find out yourself by clicking below.
Once training camp breaks and the preseason wraps up, the only thing left is to whittle down the roster to 53 players.
Of course, how that roster is constructed will be directly influenced by what happens in training camp.
So with the caveat that this may change as training camp unfolds, here is the breakdown of the 53 players most likely to still be Detroit Lions in September.