Lions' Glasgow ready to push Swanson in camp

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Graham Glasgow (60) plans to compete with Travis Swanson for the center spot.

Allen Park — Graham Glasgow thought Jake Rudock was messing with him.

One day after the Lions drafted Glasgow two weeks ago, they selected Rudock, reuniting the center and quarterback, respectively, that played together at Michigan in 2015.

“I wasn’t watching the draft,” Glasgow said on Thursday. “He texted me, and I didn’t believe him. So, I had to go check online, just see a draft thing and I was like, ‘Wow, it actually did happen.’

“I was excited. It kind of takes one more variable out of the equation for me. Playing center or guard, just knowing his cadence and stuff like that. It’s just nice having a familiar person like that here.”

The familiarity should help Glasgow and Rudock adjust to the NFL this summer. During their two weeks in the offseason program, Glasgow said he’s worked with Rudock every day, and that will likely be the case in several training camp practices, too.

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While Glasgow, a third-round pick, will be competing with Travis Swanson for the starting center job, Swanson will likely spend more time snapping starting quarterback Matthew Stafford because he’s the veteran. That’ll leave Glasgow to work primarily with Rudock or Dan Orlovsky.

Rudock, a sixth-round pick, said he sent Glasgow that text immediately after the Lions picked him, saying, “What’s up, teammate?” They’re the first two Michigan players the Lions have drafted since taking left tackle Jeff Backus in 2001.

But, even though Glasgow and Rudock are friends, Glasgow said he won’t be pulling any pranks on his teammate.

“He’s an old guy,” Glasgow said. “I think he’s younger than me. (He) acts older than me, so I’m not going to be playing any jokes on Jake.”

As for his personal expectations, Glasgow said he simply wants to improve as a player and push Swanson in camp.

“I guess we’ll see what happens on opening day,” he said.

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