We’re only a week into Detroit Lions OTAs, but it seems like we’ve already gathered a lot of information. We know it looks like Frank Ragnow may be getting groomed to play left guard. We know that the Lions’ two newest running backs took nearly all of the first-team reps on Thursday. We know that the defense was constantly changing and rotating players throughout practice. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg based on one practice.
There is still so much more to know about this team and the players on it. Position battles are still to be won. Undrafted rookies still have the opportunity to breakout and make an impression. And, of course, the pads still need to come on to show how the team really looks.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which player would you like to hear more about throughout the next few week’s OTAs?
My answer: Kerry Hyder.
Coming an an Achilles injury, it’s a tough road back to football for anyone. In the past, we’ve seen that injury not only delay a comeback to the NFL, but essentially end careers.
It’s only been about nine months since Hyder tore his Achilles in the Lions first preseason game of the 2017 season, but early returns are promising. His performance wasn’t mentioned in any OTA observations from the media, however it was pointed out by both Justin Rogers of the Detroit News and Kyle Meinke of MLive that he was working predominantly with the first-team defense.
The fact that Hyder was participating in full, while a guy like Ezekiel Ansah basically sat out of team drills has got to be very promising, but I would like to hear more. For a guy that some think may be Detroit’s best kept secret, I’d like a little more confirmation that he has truly returned to form. However, we may not be able to really see that until the pads are on in training camp.