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The consensus after the Lions moved up to take linebacker Kyle Van Noy was that Ashlee Palmer's days as a starter were numbered. The same conclusion was drawn when Detroit drafted kicker Nate Freese in the final round.
Well, not that Freese would take Palmer's spot. You know what I mean.
Anyway, it appears that neither will be handed the spot they desire without first earning it.
The Free Press' Dave Birkett passed on that Palmer has had a strong offseason. He isn't sulking about his lot but rather battling to keep his first team reps that he's garnered thus far.
Palmer's attitude is impressive. However, it remains to be seen whether he has improved enough to keep the talented, versatile Van Noy off the field. Palmer is probably better suited as a valuable reserve and possibly as a run-stuffing rotation player, and that's likely how this will all play out.
As for Freese, the reports are slightly more concerning. If he doesn't beat out Giorgio Tavecchio for the starting kicking slot, he will be out of a job altogether.
After connecting on all 20 of his attempts in college, Freese missed a couple during OTAs. However, it was Tavecchio's turn for a disappointing performance during minicamp, as he missed at least two field goals, according to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.
The Detroit-invested-a-draft-pick argument for Freese to win the job is short-sighted. Head coach Jim Caldwell and general manager Martin Mayhew do not care about the pedigree of seventh-rounders, only wins.
Brandon Alisoglu is a Detroit Lions featured columnist who has written about the Lions on multiple sites. He also co-hosts a Lions-centric podcast, Lions Central Radio. Yell at him on Twitter about how wrong he is @BrandonAlisoglu.
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