5 Bold Predictions For Detroit Lions Training Camp 2014

Detroit Lions Training Camp 2014: 5 Bold Predictions

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The Detroit Lions have just started their training camp this past week, and with no preseason games played just yet, it's not too late to make some bold predictions for these few remaining weeks of the offseason. Here now are five predictions for the Lions' training camp and preseason.

5. Nate Fresse Will be the Lions' Kicker

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5. Nate Fresse Will be the Lions' Kicker

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Freese has had some trouble trying to break free from Giorgio Tavecchio in a competition at kicker, but Freese will prove why he was a draftable player by beating out Tavecchio during the preseason.

4. Ryan Broyles Will Win the No. 3 Receiver Job

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4. Ryan Broyles Will Win the No. 3 Receiver Job

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Broyles has been the team's No. 3 receiver since 2012, but he has been rarely seen on the field due to injuries. In 2014, Broyles is healthy and will beat out Kris Durham to be the team's slot receiver. If he can stay healthy, he could have a good year, especially with defenses focused on Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate on the outside and Eric Ebron or the other tight ends across the middle.

3. Kyle Van Noy Will Start pposite Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy

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3. Kyle Van Noy Will Start pposite Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy

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Second-round pick Kyle Van Noy and journeyman veteran Ashlee Palmer are competing to claim the final linebacker spot next to Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy. Van Noy will get the job because of his ability to rush the passer and versatility to play multiple positions. Palmer will still be a contributor, but it will be as a special teams player.

2. Eric Ebron Will Barely Win the Starting Tight End Job

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2. Eric Ebron Will Barely Win the Starting Tight End Job

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Eric Ebron's chance at claiming the No. 1 tight end position hasn't been realized so far in camp. The former North Carolina Tar Heel has had problems catching the ball in training camp just like he did with the North Carolina Tar Heels. As the No. 10 overall pick, Ebron will start from game one on, but he'll have to really earn this role in these next few weeks.

1. Devin Taylor Will Beat Out Jason Jones and Start at Left Defensive end

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1. Devin Taylor Will Beat Out Jason Jones and Start at Left Defensive End

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After suffering a season-ending injury last year, defensive end Jason Jones won't be able to claim back his starting job so easily. Devin Taylor, last year's fourth-round pick, has a lot of potential and can be a disruptive force off the edge at 6-foot-7. Jones is better off at being a backup because to his ability to play both inside and outside. With Taylor and Ansah on the outside, Detroit's front four can be a force this season.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and connect with him on Google.


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