- On Wednesday’s episode of “Good Morning Football,” former Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson named Ameer Abdullah his potential breakout running back for the 2017 season:
- According to the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett, Dominic Raiola has taken a leave of absence as the Lions’ assistant strength and conditioning coach for personal reasons:
And at the end of that story, Dominic Raiola has taken a leave from his post as strength coach— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 9, 2017
- One defensive end dark horse candidate to make the roster is undrafted rookie Alex Barrett. Birkett explains how Barrett has made a big impression in his first week at training camp.
- The NFL is selling these... eye-catching “blaze” helmets for each team. What do you think of the Lions design?
Riddell introduces NFL alternate "Blaze" helmets for fans/collectors, won't be worn on field pic.twitter.com/3ZF8pZHis3— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 8, 2017
- MLive’s Kyle Meinke manages to keep four tight ends and five receivers in his latest 53-man roster prediction.
- Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit is a big fan of Matthew Stafford:
#Lions Notes: Stafford has best all-around pure arm in NFL outside of Aaron Rodgers. Velocity+quick motion = lot of throws he can attempt.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 9, 2017
#Lions Notes: Stafford a much more disciplined player under OC Cooter. More presnap responsibilities a reason why.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 9, 2017
#Lions Notes: Something Stafford has always done better than anyone is attack the outer windows of Cover 2, near the sidelines.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 9, 2017
- The Lions rank just 21st in under-25 talent, according to ESPN’s Scott Kacsmar (Insider required). Kacsmar points to Eric Ebron, Kenny Golladay and Ameer Abdullah as good potential on offense, while A’Shawn Robinson and Jarrad Davis are key, young figures on defense.