The Detroit Lions begin their first organized team activity on Tuesday. Over the next three weeks, the team will have 10 OTA sessions in the leadup to mandatory minicamp and eventually training camp in late July.
While there is rarely any true information fans can pull from these sessions, they remain a highly anticipated portion of the offseason. This will be the first time the team practices together in real football drills. Though the Lions won’t don pads until July, this is still an essential part of preparation for the 2017 season.
Media, unfortunately, won’t be present during Tuesday’s practices, but they will have sporadic access throughout the offseason. So today’s Question of the Day is:
What player are you most eager to track during OTAs?
My answer: Jarrad Davis. It’s not exactly bold to say that the Lions’ first-round pick is the most interesting player to watch during OTAs, but I truly think Davis is the key to Detroit’s success in 2017. If Bob Quinn was being truthful in his interview with Tori Petry back in April, then Davis will be the starting middle linebacker in 2017. As the “quarterback” of the defense, Davis will be the biggest factor in whether the Lions defense improves next season or not.
If Detroit is going to make the next step from playoff qualifier to true postseason contender, they need to improve drastically on the defensive side of the ball. Davis is the key to that for the future. Let’s see what you’ve got, rook.