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Ex-Wolverine Glasgow has a lot to learn with Lions

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Lions' Graham Glasgow drives off the line during drills.

Allen Park — While the Lions’ first two draft picks — offensive tackle Taylor Decker and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson — have worked extensively with the starters this offseason, third-round pick Graham Glasgow has spent most of his time with the third-team offense.

For now, Travis Swanson is the starting center, and the team is giving Gabe Ikard every chance to impress. Glasgow likely will end up in the starting competition in training camp this summer, but he still has a lot to learn at the demanding position.

“Really the last week or so, he’s made some strides because we put a lot on the center, a lot like we do on the quarterback,” coach Jim Caldwell said of Glasgow. “I think you guys are probably getting a sense of it — they run the show.”

In the NFL, centers are responsible for calling out defensive alignments and making adjustments with the offensive line and other blockers, “directing traffic” as Caldwell said.

Physically, the 6-foot-6, 308-pound Glasgow can surely handle more work than the Lions gave him in organized team activities and minicamp, but mentally, he still has work to do.

“That is a lot of information for a young guy to handle, so it takes them a little while,” Caldwell said. “He’s not arrived yet, but I can see now that he’s a little bit more comfortable with things that he was sort of struggling with early on. But, obviously, I think we all can see that he has size, he has strength, he has the willpower and (is) a smart guy, and he’s gotten better so I’ve been pleased with him.”

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