- File this under “Shut up anonymous scout or put your name to it,” but an unnamed NFL scout told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report that “average quarterback play” is holding the Detroit Lions back and that Matthew Stafford needs to up his game. Freeman states the NFL scout is “not prone to ridiculous takes” but the evidence suggests otherwise.
- Just a day after being waived by the Lions, offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty was claimed by the Carolina Panthers:
The Panthers have claimed OT Adam Bisnowaty, a ‘17 6th-round pick of the Giants who was waived by the Lions yesterday.— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) August 1, 2018
To make room, they placed Ross Cockrell on IR.
- The Lions are all the way at 23rd (down from 22nd) in USA Today’s training camp power rankings. Nate Davis, the author of the power rankings, also predicted the Lions to go 6-10 this year.
- Because a regulation field goal is too easy for Matt Prater, here’s the one he’s been practicing on over the past few days at training camp:
Your eyes aren't deceiving you. This goal post at Lions training camp is nine feet wide, about half the length of a regulation NFL goal post. It's the kind you'll find in the Arena Football League, as well at the Patriots' practice facility. Why is it in Allen Park, Michigan? I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that new Lions coach Matt Patricia was a longtime Patriots assistant. Just as Bears coach Matt Nagy followed the same practice script Tuesday as mentor Andy Reid used Monday in for the Chiefs, so has Patricia tapped into some of the ideas he saw in New England. The narrow goal posts were in place before Patricia’s arrival, but he had enough familiarity to keep them in place. Patricia’s full-pads practice was pretty intense, not atypical for a coach setting the template for his program. What was unusual: Whenever his players made a careless or mental mistake, Patricia made them run. At one point, he sent the defense to the goal line and back because it had 12 men on the field. Another time, a fumbled snap prompted a down-and-back by the offense. It'll be interesting to see if Patricia can use that technique regularly in the coming years. Professional players aren't used to it. And unless you're Bill Belichick, it might be hard to get away with. Next stop: Berea, Ohio, on Thursday to see the Browns.
- The Green Bay Packers suffered a tough blow this week as starting linebacker Jake Ryan tore his ACL at training camp.
- Defensive back DeAngelo Hall retired on Wednesday, but he didn’t go out before giving Jay Cutler a sick burn:
DeAngelo Hall made his retirement official today. 14 years and done. He said “if I’d played against Jay Cutler more I’d be in the Hall of Fame”. Once had 4 in a game vs Jay. #redskins pic.twitter.com/EjF2WpgIwT— Chick Hernandez (@MrChickSports) August 1, 2018
- Matt Patricia has been very impressed with how Kerry Hyder has rehabilitated from his Achilles injury.