Vanden Bosch planning second minicamp for Lions

Kyle Vanden Bosch was so impressed with the player-run four-day minicamp the Detroit Lions wrapped up on Thursday, he’s laying the groundwork for another one.

The veteran defensive end, who has taken the initiative to organize teammates, was pleased with the work the team got in. The Lions reportedly had about 35 players take part. Vanden Bosch told reporters they would be denied access to the workouts if they reported players who were not in attendance.

Wide receiver Titus Young, a second-round draft pick from Boise State, was the only rookie to attend and for that Vanden Bosch blamed himself, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

The biggest thing I take away from this is how good of shape the guys were in,” Vanden Bosch said. “Every offseason, regardless, when we start working out again there's a couple of guys that fall off, that are obviously in bad shape. That hasn't been the case here.”

The next camp will start on June 6.

“Maybe we could crank it up a little bit more,” Vanden Bosch said. “This offseason has been so different. Normally you have 14 weeks of offseason and you try to peak at the end of June. Then you take some time off to get your body ready for training camp (in August). Potentially, we could be right up against training camp, so guys probably want to think about peaking at the end of July.”

Now you get a sense why Jim Schwartz put on a full-court press to sign Vanden Bosch a year ago. He knew he would be getting a wonderfully talented player and an even better example in the locker room.

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