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Lions Camp Sees New Home, New Faces

April 26, 2002

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) _ After finishing his first practice as a Detroit Lion, quarterback Joey Harrington said he was more concerned with comfort than competition.

``I have no idea what’s going on at times,″ said Harrington, who was selected third overall in last weekend’s NFL draft from Oregon. ``So I’m just trying to get out of here this week with a basic, general understanding.″

Coach Marty Mornhinweg said that while Harrington is the quarterback of the future, he isn’t ready to anoint him as the 2002 starter.

Mike McMahon, last year’s fifth-round pick, took the majority of the snaps in practice. He led the Lions to their first win after an 0-12 start in a year in which the team finished 2-14.

``The competition’s always going to be here,″ Harrington said.

``I’m not going to say I’m not pushing toward the competition, but that’s not my focus right now. My focus right now is just trying to learn what’s going on out on the field,″ he said.

The new-look Lions kicked off a three-day minicamp with a pair of practices Friday at their new $34 million training facility.

``Everything has changed. Everyone has a much better attitude,″ McMahon said. ``The atmosphere around here, the new facility. Instead of going to the dome all gloomy and everything, everyone’s excited to come to work and get ready and get into the new season.″

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