Two weeks of Detroit Lions OTAs are over and there are two weeks of the spring program left for the team before one last break prior to the start of training camp and the ramp-up to the start of the 2017 season.
Though Kenny Golladay has been one of the clear standouts of the first two weeks, Ameer Abdullah looks healthy and the Lions have been moving at a decent pace, there are still things to pay attention to as spring workouts continue on.
And most of those start with Tahir Whitehead -- so that's where we'll start, too.
1. Will Whitehead show? Yes, this is voluntary, but so far if you're counting at home, Whitehead sat out the first open OTA and then was excused from the OTA last week. So does he participate this week? If he doesn't, there will be a bunch of questions about what's going on during the mandatory minicamp next week. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said last week that he envisions Whitehead playing the Weakside linebacker spot, "and he obviously still has the ability to play any other spot." Whitehead started at middle linebacker last season and has also played the strong side in his career. Jarrad Davis is the team's Mike, but the other two spots are open. With Whitehead out, Paul Worrilow has been at Will, and a combination of Brandon Copeland and Antwione Williams have been at Sam.
2. Does Golladay keep it up? Spring is where trains of hype are made, and if he has another strong practice, there are going to be somewhat high expectations for the rookie receiver from Northern Illinois. At some point, he's likely to hit a bad practice or a bad stretch. Whether that happens now, in training camp or during the season remains to be seen, but every good practice he puts together, the more impressive he becomes.
3. Will the WR depth chart gain clarity? Almost every receiver in this competition has made at least one or two impressive catches of note. TJ Jones, Jace Billingsley, Jared Abbrederis, Ryan Spadola and Dontez Ford have all had at least one or two moments of nice plays in open-to-the-media sessions. This is a competition that likely won't shake out until late in training camp, but it's also one where every good day counts -- especially if Golladay continues to impress. Jones, Billingsley and Abbrederis can also push to make the team as a returner, which would likely close up one receiver spot as well. So there are multiple avenues to watch with this battle. Jones and Abbrederis, at least, can also play outside and in the slot.
4. Does Matthew Stafford look sharp? It's early yet, but there have been instances during the first two open OTAs where the starting quarterback has not looked at peak performance. It's early with no hitting and a bunch of rotation shuffling going on, so nothing to be too concerned about, but the Lions should hope to see a sharp day from Stafford soon. He hasn't thrown any interceptions that I can recall, just some throws that didn't connect. Again, this is nothing to be concerned about, just something to watch to see if he puts together a sterling day this week. And this isn't to say he hasn't had incredibly sharp days in the closed practices. He just hasn't been sharp in ones that have been available for viewing.
5. Does Matt Asiata get more reps with the top unit:I Don't recall him getting any reps with the No. 1 group last week, but Asiata admitted he's still getting familiar with everything, and considering it's still spring, there's no rush. But if he is able to steal some carries with the top unit instead of, say, Zach Zenner, that could be a good sign for his progress. Of course, it's tough to get a read on the running back rotation with Theo Riddick out and because of the lack of contact or tackling. I'm interested to see how he catches out of the backfield, though.