The Detroit Lions have decided to bring life to your dull summer sports existence by having Mandatory (that’s right Snacks and Slay, it’s mandatory) Minicamp starting next week, June 4-6. Voluntary OTAs provided some good info on potential changes to the offensive line and a few players standing out.
We had a new face (T.J. Hockenson) ease a little of our concerns over a tight end being selected so early by having a strong string of practices. Highlights aside (after all, they could even make ME look good in those), all reports indicate Hockenson looked the part of a polished all-around tight end. Although it’s without pads, all he can do is look good at every opportunity given, so that’s a plus.
Next was a guy who many question if he will even make the 53-man roster in Teez Tabor. Initial reports were good with him getting a pick-six in the first week. Subsequent reports were still glowing. Jalen (don’t forget that’s his actual first name) Tabor took full advantage of additional reps with Slay being absent.
Now it’s time for mandatory camp. With possibly a little hope restored in Tabor and buyer’s rejoice kicking in with Hockenson... today’s Question of the Day is:
Who do you want to stand out this week at mandatory minicamp?
We still have some rookies to get familiar with. Perhaps the mysterious Jahlani Tavai? What about Austin “I’m so Eager to Play I’m acting like I’m completely healthy” Bryant? (We will work on a shorter nickname for Austin)
My choice is a familiar name...
Let the good times roll with Teez Tabor. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a photo of Tabor having a good play). It’s going to take more than OTAs or Minicamp to right the wrongs of what seems to be another wasted second-round pick, but if he continues to excel at every level into preseason and the regular season we could finally have the CB2 next to Slay we’ve wanted for so long. Despite his poor 40 time, I was a BIG fan of Tabor coming out of Florida. Being picked that high and running that slow says he did many other things good for the Gators. I’m hopeful it finally translates to the pros.
Now it’s your turn.