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Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th112.0 (18th)280.1 (5th)
Defense16th99.8 (5th)246.9 (23rd)
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Matthew Stafford: New offense will be just as aggressive
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford began learning the team's new offense this week. While the scheme likely won't be as pass-heavy and will include more short crossing routes, Stafford said Detroit won't sacrifice its aggressiveness, reports the Detroit News.

“We were a pretty aggressive offense last year,” Stafford said. “And I am sure with some of the guys we have on the outside to make plays and in the backfield, whether it’s throwing the ball 50 yards in the air or throwing it 5 yards and letting guys run with it, we’re always about trying to make big plays.

“We are trying to be smart with the ball, too, but big plays in this league lead to points which inevitably lead to wins."

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Chris Houston at a crossroads
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Lions cornerback Chris Houston had arguably his worst season in 2013, and coaches aren't sure he'll regain the form that made him Detroit's top cover man from 2010-12, reports the Detroit Free Press. Houston continues to deal with a toe injury that caused him to miss four games last year.

“I’m not certain,” Caldwell said when asked if Houston would bounce back strong. “You’re never 100% certain about anything. I can’t be certain if I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s not promised to me, so I’m not certain. We’ll see. He’s a young man, and typically, they heal pretty quickly, unlike old guys like me. We anticipate that he’ll come along, but we’ll have to just wait and see.”

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Mikel Leshoure excused for off-field matter
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Lions running back Mikel Leshoure practiced on the first day of minicamp, but missed the final two workouts for an off-field matter, reports MLive.com.

"He did have a personal issue, let's put it that way," coach Jim Caldwell said. "We knew he was gone and what was happening. We were well aware of it."

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Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate building chemistry
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and free agent acquisition Golden Tate are using this week's voluntary minicamp to get accustomed to each other.

"Any time we miss a ball, I'm going straight to him, 'Hey, did I look back? Turn my head late? Did that feel right? What can I do better?'" Tate told MLive.com. "I think that's where it starts, just talking it out. I can't read his mind, he can't read my mind, so we're just talking it out."

Tate, the team's No. 2 receiver, said he's adjusting to Stafford's powerful arm. But he also praised Stafford's accuracy.  

"He's placed some balls on air and seven-on-sevens and I'm like, 'Wow, that's a great ball,'" Tate said. "For instance, I run a basic route, which is a 10-, 12-yard in, and he's put it right there, on the dot, where I can split the safeties and potentially score."

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Mikel Leshoure skips voluntary minicamp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Running back Mikel Leshoure is one of four Lions not participating in the team's voluntary minicamp, reports MLive.com. Leshoure is No. 4 on the team's depth chart and was active for only three games last year.

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