Training Camp Notes

<b>CAMP 2003:</b> Battle of the week, player of the week, rookie report and injury report directly from training camp, including comments on all of the rookies plus some key veterans.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Shawn Jefferson vs. Scotty Anderson vs. David Kircus for the No. 4 WR job -- The battle has just begun and probably will continue through the exhibition season for the fourth WR spot when the Lions go to four-wide formations. Jefferson, the recently-signed UFA from Atlanta, is the most experienced and an ideal third-down receiver; Anderson has two years experience but has not shown himself as the toughest and most courageous receiver on the field; Kircus is inexperienced but eager, young, fast and can make the spectacular catch.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: There are two competitions worthy of close scrutiny. At LG, Eric Beverly is the front-runner but 10-year veteran Tony Semple is a tough veteran who keeps popping back into the picture; at RDE James Hall will have his hands full holding off second-year player Kalimba Edwards, who is the Lions best pass rusher, when he is fully recovered from the hip/hernia surgical procedures.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR Charles Rogers -- He told the Lions he'd be in camp on time and he was there. The only thing he missed was the check-in time at the team's training camp hotel. He and his agent, Kevin Poston, got to the practice facility with time to spare for the first meeting. Fears of a Poston-inspired holdout were totally unfounded and the Lions were delighted.

ROOKIE REPORT: WR Charles Rogers says he is completely recovered from the hamstring that limited his ability to run in minicamp and he looked good in two days of minicamp. ... OLB Boss Bailey is going to get a chance to win the strongside LB job but the question is whether he's big enough and strong enough to go toe-to-toe with opposing blocking TEs. ... DL Cory Redding will get a lot of work at DT with veteran Luther Elliss likely to miss the entire training camp and exhibition season because of torn pecs. ... RB Artose Pinner will start camp on the PUP but there's a chance he'll be active and competing for the backup job before the start of the regular season. ... S Terrence Holt might be a year away from fulltime safety duty but he should help on special teams. ... LB James Davis -- like Holt -- is a candidate to contribute on special teams while he grows into the NFL game. ... WR David Kircus seemingly has five WRs ahead of him on the depth chart but only one or two of them can match his speed and catching skills. ... OT Ben Johnson has to show his feet are good enough and he can be nasty enough to compete for a backup job. ... CB Blue Adams might be on the smallish side but the Lions need depth in the secondary, so don't count him out. ... FB Brandon Drumm is virtually starting from scratch after missing most of the minicamps with a hamstring pull. ... WR Travis Anglin is a converted quarterback who understands the passing game but doesn't have a lot of speed.

INJURY REPORT: The Lions have some major concerns with DT Luther Elliss only three weeks into his recovery from torn pectoral muscles suffered during an offseason workout at his home in Utah, WR Az-Zahir Hakim coming off last year's dislocated hip and DE Kalimba Edwards coming off hip and hernia surgeries. Those are the biggest concerns. Elliss isn't likely to play until the start of the regular season and that's still iffy. Hakim rehabbed well and spent only one practice on PUP, but it remains to be seen if he lost any game speed and quickness. Edwards says he expects to be back before the second or third exhibition game. Others coming off injuries include TE Mikhael Ricks (knee), RB Shawn Bryson (knee), G Tony Semple (shoulder) and LB Brian Williams (knee).


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