|Offense||6th||112.0 (18th)||280.1 (5th)|
|Defense||16th||99.8 (5th)||246.9 (23rd)|
|2||40||Kyle Van Noy||OLB||BYU|
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"Still a little rusty out there, still have to trust myself and trust my hands," he told the Detroit Free Press. "But I like the way we work around here, coach (Jim Caldwell) does a great job at taking care of our legs. After Day 1, I’m excited about [Tuesday] and I’m just going to keep on getting better day to day."
Tate said a shoulder injury was a first for him. “I kind of trusted the doctors," he said. "The doctors said I would be back by camp and here I am practicing Day 1. However, there was a lot of rehabbing and strengthening the muscles around it so it didn’t shut down, but I feel like I’m close to being pretty good."
Caldwell called Tate "a very important piece to our offense."
"I'm fine," Van Noy said. "I just got a little banged up, but I should be fine."
Van Noy had to get his hand taped in the locker room, cutting his first training camp practice short. The rookie believes he'll be able to practice Tuesday, though coach Jim Caldwell said the team would have a better feel for the extent of the injury after practice.
The team cannot afford to franchise him in 2015 because his tag would cost a staggering $26.7 million.
"He is getting better," Caldwell told the Detroit News. "His command of the offense has been good."
Caldwell said it was obvious how much work Stafford put in before coming to camp. "I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat," Caldwell said. "He’s a very, very smart guy. You could tell he’s worked at it even during the summer.
"In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things. Now we get a chance to see if we can put it together a little bit more, add a few more things, keep progressing and then get some real challenges from our opposition as we start preseason."
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