Training camp is the first taste of the new NFL season. It is a time for some expectations to swell beyond belief and for others to be dashed.
It is a time when optimism is generally at its highest for all 32 teams, as every player who hasn't suffered a devastating injury could theoretically be a superstar in the upcoming season.
As training camps progress, though, we get a clearer sense of the way things will actually go. The "consistently good" starts to separate from the "consistently bad," players recover from injuries and suffer new ones, and roster cuts start to hang over some more than others.
So while the Lions players are starting to learn their assignments for the coming season, fans are able to learn a little about what the 2013 iteration of their team will look like.
So after just over a week of training camp, what have we learned about the team so far? There is nothing definitive, but here are some early notions.