Preseason games typically only show small glimpses of reality, but this season we will not even have any tape at all prior to the regular season. As a result, the only way we can evaluate the state of the Detroit Lions is by seeing how players are performing in training camp. Like every year, any observation should be taken with a grain of salt, but there are some positive signs early on.
Through the first few days of camp there has not been anything too groundbreaking. Unfortunately there have been a few injury issues, but thankfully the main characters appear to be stable so far. We still have a couple weeks to go, but the initial reports out of Allen Park have been fairly positive.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which early training camp story has you most encouraged?
My answer: Matthew Stafford being healthy is probably the default number one, but the rookies definitely have my eye during the first week of action. D’Andre Swift is shaping up to be a real weapon this year, and Jonah Jackson appears to be set to start from Week 1. However, I absolutely love how Jeff Okudah is being thrown into the fire against guys like Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. The transition into the NFL is never easy for cornerbacks, but having two receivers of this caliber to train against could pay big dividends for the star rookie.
Camps battles are interesting as well, and it is good to see that the Lions have options throughout the front seven. The bottom of the running back, wide receiver, and cornerback depth charts are also something to keep an eye on. Finally, it is encouraging to hear some positive reports about T.J. Hockenson. The sophomore tight end is near the top of the list of players who must take a step forward in 2020, and it sounds like most believe he can do just that.