Several Lions placed on PUP, plus rookie notes

Lions place five players on physically unable o perform (PUP) list, plus rookie Andre Goodman shuts down wide receiver Az Zahir Hakim, seventh-round pick Luke Staley is impressive. And with several players vying for a spot as a kick returner, Desmond Howard's tenure as a Lion could be in jeopardy.

LIONS NOTES: Detroit has placed seven players on the physically  unable to perform (PUP) list Matt Millen said yesterday.  Desmond  Howard, Terry Fair, Germane Crowell, Matt Joyce, Anthony Herron.   Shaun Rogers and Brian Williams will be placed on the list when they report Each can come off the list at any  time but still count as spots on the pre-season roster according to Millen.  Millen also told TEAM 1270 reporter Tony Ortiz with a wink and a smile that "if everything goes right, the Lions could win 6 to 8 games." Was he serious, was he joking?  That's the question that everyone wants to have answered.

CAMP STANDOUTS:  It's too early to tell anything, especially after just one day of training camp, but rookie corner Andre Goodman showed cover ability.  Goodman blanketed several receivers and appeared step-for-step with speedster Az-Zahir Hakim.  Goodman was seemingly always around the ball and batted away two or three balls in the afternoon session.  Still, Goodman has to make the jump to wearing pads, something he is still unable to do.  

"This is a great opportunity.  I don't think I could have come into a better situation," said Goodman.  "From the fact that they needed a cornerback and were supposed to take Quentin Jammer with the third pick.  I never knew that until I got here. I'm stepping in and trying to do my part.  I just want to fit in. I'll let them decide if my play is great enough to be out there on the field or not.  If not, I'm going to contribute as much as I can."

Rookie seventh round pick Luke Staley looks like a player. He's big, he's fast and he can catch the ball.  There has been some talk that Detroit could keep as many as six running backs on the roster.  If that's true, that might spell the end of Desmond Howard's tenure as a return man.  Howard still is struggling with his off-season injury and as the Lions look for speed in all positions, carrying an injured kick returner might be a luxury they can't afford.

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