Newly acquired Kassim Osgood was brought to town to help shore up the Lions special teams play and he's prepared to do just that.
Speaking with us shortly after completing a series of sprints after today's practice session concluded, Osgood pointed out success in special teams comes from having a certain mindset.
"You gotta treat it like it's the most important part of the game," said Osgood. "It's a lot of fun. Once you get out there and know what you're doing, it's like recess. You go out there, you have a lot of fun, get the big impact hits and you can change the whole course of the game."
Osgood worked out for Lions coaches yesterday in Allen Park and pointed out there's no shape like football shape. He's a bit behind in that regard since he hasn't played since last season, but he understands what's expected in Detroit.
"I'm just excited and blessed to be able to play again," said Osgood. "When you get late in your years, you get those small opportunities you have to come and make the most of it. They gave me a pretty good workout yesterday. It was intense, but that's the point they wanted to get across right away. Up here, there's no nonsense and everything is full speed. It's a great organization to be a part of."
Osgood, who has played in three Pro Bowls over the course of his career, has always worn #81, but with that number claimed by Calvin Johnson, he knew he'd have to switch to something else.
"When you've got Barry Bonds money like that, he wants that number. That's his," said Osgood. "He's an outstanding athlete. I knew it was out of the question. I don't even have to ask, so I'm happy to go back to my old number (10) so I'm good."
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