ALLEN PARK -- After a month of working with offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Lions rookie quarterback Drew Stanton is starting to feel comfortable. He finally got some reps during seven-on-seven passing drills and team drills the last week of organized team activities.
"It was my first chance to kind of get in there and do some stuff, and the best way to learn is to get in there and do stuff," said Stanton, a second-round pick out of Michigan State. "So it's pretty exciting."
A month ago, Martz did what he always does with a new quarterback. He stripped down Stanton so he could build him back up again.
Martz even re-taught Stanton how to hold the ball correctly, because he felt Stanton had the ball too deep in his hand. Some of Stanton's passes wobbled at the rookie minicamp.
A week and a half later, when he joined the veterans for the mandatory minicamp, Stanton just watched as the Lions went through team drills.
Stanton hadn't had a chance to swallow Martz's complicated system, let alone digest it. The Lions didn't want to throw him in too soon.
"Just to get the verbiage out sometimes is unbelievable," coach Rod Marinelli said. "The worst thing is, all of a sudden you're putting a guy in, he can't get the words out. He can't get out of the huddle."
Stanton said he tried to work on one thing at a time. When he perfected that thing, he moved on to the next thing.
He said everything from his grasp of the football to his grasp of the offense was getting a little easier. He still has a long way to go. But so far, so good.
"It's just a matter of continuing to do the things that Coach Martz is telling me to do, and it's getting easier, definitely," Stanton said. "It's nice. You can see the results coming. It drives you to work that much harder. It's coming together nicely."