Notes from Detroit's recent mini-camp:
- Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, struggled in his first practice against an NFL starting guard, going against Stephen Peterman.
"Peterman's definitely a vet, and he knows what he's doing and really knows this offense," Suh said. "He definitely has quick feet, strong guy, and he's more schooled in being able to pick up on things. You can't give off little tips like you did in college. You have to really disguise your stuff, because they start to pick up on those things and those tendencies that you do. So things of that sort, they're a lot more schooled in that area.
"Strength-wise, do I feel I can push him around? Not necessarily push him around, but I feel I'm strong enough to beat him to the quarterback or I wouldn't be at this level. So I did it a little bit, but he's still a great player. He's going to recover quickly if I beat him, if I don't make sure I close and get back to the quarterback and make sure it's no doubt that I don't give him any leeway or no air."
- Some of the rookies, including rookie running back Jahvid Best, are still learning what NFL conditioning is all about. Suh seems to be an exception. "In my eyes, it's not very different," Suh said. "Not at all. The only thing that I notice that we do a little bit more here is we use kettle bells a little bit more. ? I think the kettle bell is the only big difference I see from my college strength and conditioning coach and this strength and conditioning coach. I think if we had the opportunity and the leeway to do that at Nebraska we would do it, but I think it's a little bit harder, too much of a broader group."
- Right tackle Gosder Cherilus returned to the field about a month after having arthroscopic surgery to remove debris from his right knee. Cherilus went through individual drills, but not team drills. "He's doing fine," coach Jim Schwartz said. "He didn't have something that was going to be long-term. He's back in drills and things like that. He's still not back full, but he's making good progress."
- Linebacker Zack Follett sold a piece of his artwork for $1,000 during a live auction at the Lions' charity bocce tournament. It was a Lions logo he had cut out of wood and painted gold, then mounted on a piece of canvas painted like a football field. In one end zone was the word "RESTORE." In the other were the words "THE ROAR." "Just because I think this year will be a better year for the Lions," Follett said. The bidding started slowly, but picked up. "At first, I was like, 'Man, this thing's going to go for, like, a hundred bucks,' " Follett said. "It should have started at one dollar."
- Coach Jim Schwartz sat down for a few minutes with Red Wings Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay at the bocce tourney. "Any time you have a chance to talk to a guy that's got 'HOF' next to his name, that brings some pretty good street cred," Schwartz said. "We were just talking sports in general. He follows not only the Red Wings but the Lions. We were just talking about the relationship that the guys on the teams used to have." Lindsay doesn't go to Lions games, but he roots for them. "They seem to be on the track of elevating themselves," Lindsay said, "and that's wonderful to see."
- QUOTE TO NOTE: "Offensively, I think you can start to see those pieces start to come together. There's a lot of ground that needs to be covered ? but I think we have the potential to be there, for sure." -- Coach Jim Schwartz, asked if the Lions' offense should be worlds ahead of where it was last year.