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Stafford Enjoying Working With Rookies


Now healthy, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is relishing his opportunity to work with Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure, a pair of second round picks who’ll potentially play key roles this season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“They’re part of our team now, and potentially very valuable parts of it, so it’s on me to try and teach them up as much as I can,” Stafford said. “I like doing it. Me teaching them keeps me sharp as well. I’ve got to be on my P’s and Q’s to teach them the right stuff at the right times. That’s good for me to be thinking like that.”

According to Birkett, Stafford brought Young to Georgia after the draft, and has been working one-on-one with both players during the player-run workouts.

Chosen 44th overall out of Boise State, Young (5-11, 174) caught 150 passes for 2,256 yards and 19 touchdowns the last two seasons and is expected to make an immediate impact as the Lions No. 3 receiver. Detroit traded back into the second round to select Leshoure 57th overall. At 6-foot and nearly 230 pounds, Leshoure adds a big, physical presence to the running game, where he’ll complement 2010 first-round pick Jahvid Best.


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