Judging by his performance in training camp and the preseason, second-year quarterback Dan Orlovsky…
Camp update: Orlovsky making his move; more
As slow and methodic as his release, Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky is reminding everyone at the Allen Park training facility exactly why the team spent a fifth-round pick on him last year. Overshadowed by the acquisition of two free-agent quarterbacks, starter Jon Kitna and assumed reserve Josh McCown, Orlovsky remained hard at work during the off-season despite his apparent "third-string" status, flying well below the media radar. Even during the team's quarterback school, he impressed offensive coordinator Mike Martz with his football IQ and quick learning ability. Orlovsky later flaunted those talents in mini-camps and OTA's, but nonetheless didn't catch any headlines. Thus far into training camp, the 6'5, 225-pound former UConn standout has had a difficult time remaining sub rosa. Orlovsky has taken many snaps at training camp with the second team, and on Tuesday he split the load 50/50 with McCown. "(Orlovsky's) a big, young strong-armed man, and he's a gym rat," said head coach Rod Marinelli, "He's working and earning some reps. Both of those guys are working and he's done a very good job. "He's got a chance (to be the No. 2) and he's doing a good job of competing." While Kitna has the starting position seemingly locked up, McCown has been inconsistent at training camp. While the strong-armed McCown's athleticism is noticeable, Orlovsky also has scrambling ability and is the more accurate of the two quarterbacks. Both will likely share three of the four quarters in Detroit's pre-season opener against Denver on August 11. Musical chairs ... everywhere: A fair warning to any Lions offensive player that is settled at a position: be prepared to become uncomfortable. Lions' offensive coordinator Mike Martz has ignored supposed position tags, and is moving players -- any players -- around as he sees fit. That was noticeable immediatley on Tuesday, when Martz moved 6'3, 287-pound former Michigan center Dave Pearson to tight end. Pearson responded to Martz's challenge, catching a pass seamlessly 10-yards downfield. Pearson played tight end while attending Brighton high school in Michigan, receiving passes from teammate and quarterback Drew Henson. The two would obviously later become Wolverines together. "We wanted to take a look at him to have a massive blocker over there," explained Marinelli, "I think we have a chance to be a really good running football team... we would like to have a physical presence over there." Considered an afterthought to make the team at center (Pearson was cut during last year's training camp), Marinelli said Martz's method of moving players is beneficial to both the player and the team. "That's where coach Martz is great," said Marinelli, "You look within our team and who can do this and who can do that. Can this guy fit in this package. So hopefully you can take advange of all these guys' strengths and it puts everyone in a position to say, 'I can make this team in this package.' Shaun of the Depth: Who is Shaun Bodiford? He attended Portland State, for starters. But don't expect Wikipedia to offer a bio on the Lions' rookie anytime soon. The undrafted rookie free-agent has turned in a solid training camp, spending time with each team and failing to disappoint. So how do the Lions find those potential diamonds in the rough? "Our scouts did agreat job finding him," said Marinelli, "We loved him in the rookie minicamps. He really splashed on us. (But) we weren't able to get him into any OTA's (do to school requirements). He's way behind, but he's avery talented guy and he's coming into camp and he's fast. "He's earned the right to be looked at, and he's earned a right to have some snaps. Black and Blue Scrimmage: The Lions only public camp practice will be held Saturday, August 5 at Ford Field, but Marinelli warned on Tuesday not to expect fireworks. "I want it to be what we're doing here," he said, "We've got some things planned for a 9-on-7, and we might have a chance to move the ball and do some two minute drill things. (But) I just want to keep getting our work in, and they're used to the routine right now. Infirmary report: The Lions breathed a collective sight of relief after Monday's MRI revealed that defensive tackle Shaun Rogers didn't suffer any extensive damage to his shoulder.Rogers was carted off the field immediately following Monday's practice, and although he will be listed as "week-to-week" (and will be held out of the August 11 pre-season game), he should return before camp concludes. Defensive end James Hall was also held out with a sore hamstring, along with defensive back John McGraw (sore knee). Second-year tackle Shaun Cody (mild knee sprain) missed another practice, but should return by Wednesday.
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