ALLEN PARK - It quickly became clear that Jon Kitna was the Lions new starting quarterback replacing Joey Harrington. Kitna became a leader almost on his first day in camp, not by talk, but by example.
Kitna led the offense into the classroom and out on to the field. He made the throws and listen when the coaches talked. He got the team into and out of the huddle and never accepted the fact that there was any competition, he simply outperformed the others.
"This is what you love to do as a quarterback," said Kitna. "You love to throw the football and be in a system like Martz's system. You can't ask for anything better. As a group and as an offense, [it's exciting.]"
But a battle is looming nontheless; for the early lead as the backup.
Former UConn signal caller Dan Orlovsky took the challenge of free agent acquisition Josh McCown and early on appeared to outperform his rival. While Orlovsky's throws occasionally sailed, McCown showed the effects of a rusty arm, throwing high lofted passes rather than the ropes favored by offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
While most thought it would be a training camp battle between Kitna and McCown for the No. 1 position, things may be setting up for a battle for the backup job between Orlovsky and McCown. But despite heading into his second year with three different head coaches in Detroit, Orlovsky doesn't seem to be fazed.
The confident signal caller believes it's his time to rise up the depth chart, setting up the first of many training camp battles.