QOTW: Detroit Lions rookies and nerves

July, 23, 2014
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Question of the Week is a weekly feature here where we take a cross-section of opinions from Detroit Lions players and coaches (and sometimes opponents) about a singular topic. Most of the time, they have nothing to do with football. Have a suggestion for a question? Email michael.rothstein@espn.com.

Last season’s Questions of the Week.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- They showed up in courtesy vans and their own automobiles, in groups and on their own.

Rookies reported to Detroit Lions training camp on Tuesday to begin their first forays into a true NFL season. For some, it is their one chance to make the squad. For others, it is an opportunity to move up the depth chart and possibly steal a starting position.

They will be the youngest players in camp and likely among the most nervous at first, which led to the obvious first Question of the Week for the 2014 season.

Rookies, what are you most nervous about entering training camp?

Ebron
Tight end Eric Ebron: It’s just doing what I got picked to do. It’s about being a team player, being here for guys, for the team, trying to help us succeed and advance and to do things that we know we are capable of doing. That’s really just, it’s not nervous, but you got picked first. Come on, you’re supposed to help with the whole process. So that’s really the only thing that weighs upon my head.


Receiver TJ Jones: Probably that first big hit. They always talk about it’s faster, they are faster, bigger, stronger in the NFL, which they are, so, really taking that first blindside or not really seeing someone coming and they take you out. Getting that first one out of the way.


Guard Bryce Quigley: It’s a brand new experience for me, so I’m not sure what to expect. I’m just really excited to be here.


offensive lineman Travis Swanson: It’s kind of hard to pinpoint. I think I was most nervous when I first came in here after the draft. You don’t know what to expect. Now, you kind of do, so It’s kind of hard to pinpoint what you’re most nervous about.


Quarterback James Franklin: Honestly just getting the play calls down. I feel confident knowing the plays and being able to execute them. It’s just being able to remember to tell everyone else in the huddle what they need to do.

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