The Lions official team website reports that the biggest surprise of the offseason was receiver Ryan Broyles. Broyles participated fully in minicamp despite the fact that he's less than six months removed from ACL surgery. The report says "he wasn't just out there running around. He was making plays across the middle of the field and really looked good." Broyles is still not 100 percent, but "he is poised for a breakout season."
Lions safety Louis Delmas (knee) did not participate in the start of the team's minicamp and will not participate at all according to coach Jim Schwartz. "He has to be able to be patient enough to work through [his injury] and give it enough time to heal," Schwartz said. "And then youve got to take it as that comes, and you cant get ahead of yourself. But Lous working hard. Hell be back on the field for us sometime, but its not going to be this minicamp."
The Detroit News reports Lions receiver Nate Burleson was able to practice during OTAs this week, which was a surprise. "I wasn't supposed to; I was told not to (practice)," said Burleson, who wasn't supposed to be back from leg surgery until July. "But it's like I always told you guys, if I can walk I can run, and if I can run I can play." Burleson took part in all the drills, including 7-on-7s. "It's as healed up as it's going to get," he said. "The good thing about being out there is I am playing at a high level and I am not 100 percent. When it gets stronger and I get endurance back in it, I will be back to playing with extreme confidence."
After a tumultuous couple of seasons in Detroit, the Lions released receiver Titus Young in February, and it's telling that there hasn't been much, if any, interest in the talented, yet troubled receiver. Getting arrested twice in a 15-hour span probably won't help. But that's where Young found himself Sunday, according to the Oakland Press, when he was handcuffed a little after midnight for suspicion of DUI and again at about 2:22 p.m. when Young allegedly was trying to retrieve his black Mustang from a tow company yard. He has been charged with burglary in his second arrest after police say he was trying to take back the car that was impounded after his first arrest.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said running back Jahvid Best could spend the 2013 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is still not cleared to practice after suffering multiple concussions in the 2011 season. Best is still holding out hope that he can play football again.
The ESPN radio affiliate in Minnesota reports that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is participating in team drills Wednesday during OTA workouts about four months after sports hernia surgery. The report says there's no live contact in OTAs, but it appears "he's full go" in this setting. "I'm pretty much 100 percent," Peterson said. "Me knowing my body, I would like to be a little stronger in some areas. But I'm feeling great." Peterson said he "definitely earned a lot more respect for your abdominal muscles" and has been ramping up his weight training after initially gearing exercises to reduce pressure on the area.
USA Today reports that new Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin has practiced as a slot receiver, outside receiver, running back and kick returner. Harvin sees similarities to how he was used under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in 2009 and 2010 in Minnesota, and also has had some flashbacks to his time at Florida, where he was the X-factor in the Gators' read-option offense. "We're always trying to find unique qualities in our guys, and then hopefully express that in our play," coach Pete Carroll said. "He's a different athlete, because not only is he so fast, but he's steel strong. Just really tough, physical for a guy who only weighs 197 pounds. We hope to see him catch the ball on the move, so he can use his stuff. That doesn't mean we give him the ball in the backfield just to hand it to him, we want to throw the ball to him all over the field. It's not going to change our football team in terms of what we want to do, we're just going to add him in and cut him loose, let him go."