It happens each and every year: a training camp dynamo.
Remember back in 2017 when a third-round pick from Northern Illinois named Kenny Golladay was the talk of every beat writer and fan with a Twitter handle? What about 2018 when wide receiver Brandon Powell caught our hearts and returned it for touchdowns? And who can forget everyone’s favorite gritty runner during 2015’s preseason in Zach Zenner?
They arrived to town with some-to-no acclaim whatsoever, but all of them made their case to be a part of the Lions roster by making an impression during training camp—and that Golladay guy has really stamped his one-way ticket to the 53-man roster for the foreseeable future.
Which brings us to today’s Question of the Day...
Which Lions player breaks out during training camp?
With so many new faces in town, especially on the defensive side of the ball, the list of players capable of really making their presence felt is full of different guys for differing reasons.
Maybe it’s Jamie Collins Sr. and the way he becomes the vocal, veteran leader this defense needs at the second level. Perhaps it’s Desmond Trufant picking off Matthew Stafford and igniting the defensive backfield with the focus and gamesmanship they’ve missed ever since the departure of Glover Quin. It could even be someone from the other side of the ball like new right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai as he could be part of the solution to the right side of Detroit’s offensive line.
Oftentimes, those players get enough pub and rub as it is considering they’re established players, so let’s bob our head for some other apples.
What I came up with for my answer to 2020’s camp darling for the Detroit Lions is cornerback Amani Oruwariye. Sure, he got some play last year, grabbed an interception and had us wondering just how much he could step up to the plate in the absence of Darius Slay, but after spending the first day getting first-team reps alongside Trufant and Coleman, the sophomore cornerback might be good enough to stand in between Jeff Okudah and his spot across from the aforementioned Trufant.