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With training camp underway for the Detroit Lions and the preseason approaching, we’re putting some positional battles under the microscope with a series of Toss-ups …
Training Camp Toss-up, No. 1: With Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy set as two of the three starters at linebacker, who claims the third spot?
Chris Burke: Ashlee Palmer. There’s not a real overwhelming choice in this group — Palmer has two starts, while Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead rarely saw the field last season. I’ll give Palmer the edge simply by virtue of having the most time in this system. He’s athletic enough, too, which is why he’s stuck on the Lions’ special teams units. This could be a position of focus come the 2013 draft.
Andrew Tomlinson: Travis Lewis is a heavy hitter who played for four years at Oklahoma and was the leader in the group. I would say he has the edge at the moment, since he is a former draft pick and a guy the Lions want to develop. He also plays extremely well on special teams, which might give him a lead over Tahir Whitehead, but not necessarily Ashlee Palmer.
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