Scotty Anderson Shines from Day One

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SAGINAW -- The past few days rookie Scotty Anderson, one of the Lions fifth round picks, has shown why the team was so high on him after they drafted him. One thing that teams worried about was his size because he was only 186 pounds being 6-2, but in the off-season Anderson has added over six pounds of muscle and that has helped him be even more productive.

"One of the keys is, he did a heck of a job in the off-season conditioning program, he is in condition," said Lions rookie head coach Marty Mornhinweg.

But Mornhinweg knows that these first few days are only the start and he still needs to show his ability everyday in training camp and also in the pre-season games to show that he can really play in this league.

"It's a continual process for any rookie, but certainly he has flashed time and time again for us. I would say he's right on track for having a good fall camp," Mornhinweg said. "He's a very smooth athlete, he catches the ball with ease, and we'll see in the scrimmages and preseason games if he's one of those guys that makes big plays at the right moment."

Anderson had a very good career at Grambling, catching a total of 195 passes for 3,334 yards and 35 touchdowns while he was there. Anderson is behind Germane Crowell, Johnnie Morton and Herman Moore, and will be fighting for the number four wide receiver spot. Anderson will be battling for that number four receiver spot against Larry Foster, an undrafted rookie free-agent who made the team last season and showed some ability, and return specialist Desmond Howard.

"The last two days have helped me in terms of time watching film and also playing each position. The coaches have had a chance to watch me constantly," said Anderson.

Anderson has shown that he can make the hard catches look easy and the routine ones look even easier. He has also shown that he is a team guy, not looking to have all the glory but wanting the team to be successful.

"I try to catch every ball. I don't want to let my coaches down or the team. I try to make unbelievable catches, to do whatever I can to help the team," said Anderson.

Even when the Lions veteran receivers come into training camp, Anderson doesn't want to do anything different. He has one goal, and that is to win the Super Bowl.

"I just want to fit in with the other receivers," Anderson said. "I want to play my best so we can win a Super Bowl. Whatever the coach wants me to do, I will do to help the team. I am going to listen to the older guys and do what I have to do."

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