With minicamp and OTAs now officially in the books, there is only training camp and the preseason sitting between us and the Detroit Lions’ 2018 regular season. Unfortunately before we even get to training camp there is a month-long void sitting ahead, but we are going to use that time productively to preview what is to come, look back on what has happened, and maybe have a little fun with a Name Bracket.
For now, let’s do a little previewing. Minicamp gave us a nice little primer as to what we can expect in training camp. Some interesting battles have emerged, and we now at least have a small idea of what the Lions’ depth chart may look like going into the season. But because there hasn’t even been any contact allowed at practice, there will still be a lot of roster maneuvering in this team’s future.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What is your most anticipated training camp battle for the Lions?
My answer: No. 2 cornerback between Nevin Lawson and Teez Tabor.
Tabor got a lot of play with the first-team offense during OTAs and minicamp, which came as a bit of a surprise. Tabor barely got his feet off the ground in his rookie year, struggling through training camp and the preseason last season, before only getting limited time during the regular season and mostly at nickel corner. And when the Lions inked Lawson to a significant two-year, $9.2 million deal, it looked like the team expected him to be a significant contributor in 2018.
But if Tabor can contend for that spot this year, that would mean he has taken a significant step in development and the Lions could have a pretty legitimate duo of outside cornerbacks on the team.
I’m very eager to see if the Lions were simply testing out Tabor with the first team or if he’s a serious contender to take over in 2018.