Detroit Lions welcome new faces

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:31 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Their new coach has been to Super Bowls and the Detroit Lions how have two new players who have championship rings.

Free-agent acquisitions Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo — who played on the winning side of the last two Super Bowls — finished their second day of minicamp practices with their new team Wednesday. Both are enjoying their new home.

Coach Jim Caldwell, who guided Indianapolis to a Super Bowl and has two championship rings as an assistant, said having players with recent Super Bowl experience only can help.

"It's invaluable. You can't have enough of them," he said. "They know what it takes and that's why it's great to have them around because a coach can only do so much. You need players and guys that have had that kind of experience to also come alongside of you and kind of help things move along in that direction."

Tate fills a glaring need at wideout, where only All-Pro Calvin Johnson returns with significant NFL experience. Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season with Seattle and ended the run starting in the Super Bowl against Denver.

He said the Lions' offense, which features Johnson and quarterback Matthew Stafford, is a perfect fit.

"I'm coming into a pass-happy offense," Tate said. "As a receiver, it doesn't get any better than that. I have one of the best players in the league lining up opposite me. Your eyes have to light up."

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