Receivers Rogers, Williams Under Microscope

ALLEN PARK -- Two of the players getting a lot of attention in the early stages of the Lions' off-season conditioning program are young wide receivers Charles Rogers and Mike Williams.

ALLEN PARK -- Two of the players getting a lot of attention in the early stages of the Lions' off-season conditioning program are young wide receivers Charles Rogers and Mike Williams.

Rogers has underachieved in his turbulent first three seasons with the Lions due to two broken collarbones and a drug suspension; Williams was criticized in his rookie season last year for being out of shape and not having the best work habits.

With the arrival of coach Rod Marinelli and a new intensity in the conditioning program, there has been speculation that Rogers and Williams might be on the spot. There has even been rumored trade talks regarding both Rogers and Williams, but nothing of substance.

So far, however, team president Matt Millen says things have gone well for the receivers.

"They're getting a better idea of what's going to be expected of them," Millen said.

Marinelli said he expects receivers coach Kippy Brown to give the receivers good direction and recently-signed veteran Corey Bradford to provide a good example.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would just say, 'Men, I appreciate your wisdom and everything you're trying to tell me, but you're like elevator music to me. You're singing but I'm not listening.'" -- Coach Rod Marinelli on how he handles suggestions of how he should handle coaching decisions.


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