Lions’ Culpepper drops 30 pounds ahead of minicamp

The Detroit Lions don’t open minicamp until next week, but QB Daunte Culpepper already has made a statement during the team’s voluntary workout program, according to

Culpepper, who weighed 292 pounds when he was signed in the middle of last season, has dropped more than 30 pounds, the Web site reports:

“He came in this year about 260 (pounds), so he’s definitely getting himself in shape and he’s just very upbeat and positive. He’s a veteran guy who brings that veteran leadership, and it’s very noticeable out there,” said Lions WR Bryant Johnson, a free agent signed in the offseason. “He looks good, and I look forward to working with him.”

Despite speculation that the Lions could take Georgia QB Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Culpepper is training as if he will be the team’s starter next season.

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