Detroit Lions' Rob Sims playing role of teacher to ex-Cat Larry Warford

July 28, 2013 

Lions Offensive Line Football

Detroit Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff (71) and guard Larry Warford (75) practice during NFL football organized training activities in Allen Park, Mich., on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

PAUL SANCYA — Associated Press

It was one of those veteran-rookie teaching moments. Rob Sims had the lead role of veteran, imparting the wisdom he has gained in seven years as a starting guard in the NFL to rookie Larry Warford.

Warford, a former University of Kentucky and Madison Central High School star, had some good moments, bad moments and average moments during Sunday's training camp practice, according to a report on

Sims counseled Warford during breaks. He wants to do for young players what tackle Walter Jones and other veterans did for him when he was a rookie with the Seattle Seahawks in 2007.

"I just know when I was a rookie coming in, there's so much stuff you've got to learn," Sims told "You've got to learn the plays. You've got to learn the techniques. You have to learn to play through the game. ... It's hard coming into this league, especially for offensive linemen. Everything is so technique-oriented. It's not just your ability. It's good for him. It's good for me. He's going to be a good player."

Warford, a third-round draft pick, is competing for a starting position at right guard with veteran Dylan Gandy and Rodney Austin, who spent last season on the Lions' practice squad.

Warford spent a month training at former NFL center LeCharles Bentley's training center in Arizona after the team's mini-camp in late June. Warford told the website that he did 90 minutes of weight training and 45 minutes of technique work daily. He dropped about a dozen pounds, down to 323.

"I only had four days at home," Warford said. "I'm doing 20 times better than I did in the OTAs. I still have a lot to improve on. It just shows how tough this thing is."

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