There was a little concern over the past couple weeks after the Detroit Lions signed former Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels to a one-year $8.1 million deal. While fans were thrilled to get such a premier talent—and from a division rival, no less—Daniels didn’t participate in any team drills in his first week with the Lions.
Given that Daniels was coming off a season-ending foot injury, many were concerned he may not be ready for the regular season. Daniels put that notion to bed on Wednesday during an interview with NFL Network’s Stacey Dales and Willie McGinest:
How is @Lions DT @Mike_Daniels76 fitting in with his new team?— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 7, 2019
He likes what he sees on defense and is ready to bring his attitude
: @StaceyDales // @WillieMcGinest // Inside Training Camp pic.twitter.com/0DZnZnvW4R
“Honestly, I could play tomorrow, but it’s just a matter of being smart,” Daniels said.
The Lions are already pretty shorthanded on the defensive line. Damon Harrison Sr. remains on the Non-Football Injury list, while the likes of Da’Shawn Hand, Trey Flowers, Ray Smith, Austin Bryant, and, until recently, A’Shawn Robinson and Romeo Okwara have missed significant time already this training camp.
But according to Daniels, we may see him take the field as soon as next week’s joint practices with the Texans.
“I’ve already started doing some individuals things,” Daniels said. “I’ll be able to do some striking with the guys down there when we get to Houston.”
So worry not, Lions fans. You’ll see Mike Daniels soon enough, and you know he’s going to be hungry to get out there and get after it.
“I’m ready to go.”