On Thursday after practice, the Lions posted a number of player media session videos to their official team website. There is a lot of good material waiting for Lions fans:
- RB Jamaal Williams (13:15) bringing the energy to the practice field
- K Randy Bullock (3:41) on kicking in a dome
- S Tracy Walker (8:02) talks about Aaron Glenn’s scheme
- EDGE Julian Okwara (5:33) looking forward to 2021
- DT Michael Brockers (8:06) giving his thoughts on the defensive line unit
While they are all full of good stuff, Tim Twentyman with the team’s site wrote about the Brockers session in more detail and focused on the veteran’s leadership role this year. It sounds like the former nine-year starter for the Los Angeles Rams envisions making his presence felt quietly and passively leading by example, but his style might be a little higher energy in reality. Although he’s just arrived, Brockers appears to be bonding well with his new teammates:
Must've been a Strong joke @DEDICATION54 @MichaelBrockers pic.twitter.com/DvEdxUwwZS— Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 4, 2021
In fact, over in Los Angeles, the absence of Brockers as a leadership figure has been profoundly felt. According to Rams Wire’s Cameron DaSilva, “he and (Aaron) Donald were two of the most vocal players on that side of the ball, being some of the longest-tenured members of the team.” From earlier this week after one of the Rams’ OTAs:
"It's definitely quieter. It's definitely weird, that's for sure." --Rams DL Sebastian Joseph-Day on the absence of Michael Brockers, his close friend and a Rams D-line stalwart for 9 seasons— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) June 1, 2021
Brockers told the media in Thursday’s session he is excited about the young talent the Lions have. He will now have the chance to mold players like Alim McNeill and Levi Onwuzurike into fierce kneecap destroyers. Check out all of the individual media sessions (or the stitched-together version on YouTube) - you won’t be disappointed.
Now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:
- Pro Football Focus’ Ben Linsey wrote the site’s team unit ranking article on running backs, and boy is he unenthusiastic about the stable the Lions have.
- Former Lions wide receiver Marvin Hall is getting a look from the New England Patriots (hat tip to Pats Pulpit’s Oliver Thomas):
WR Marvin Hall (5-10, 192, University of Washington/Browns-Lions-Falcons) here at Patriots voluntary OTA, wearing No. 14.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 4, 2021
Watching him run this route sparked the question, “Who the Hall is that?”
Thank you. I’ll see myself out now. pic.twitter.com/IdGlDfhoPg
- Current Eagles Kerryon Johnson (who took a pay cut recently) and Travis Fulgham think the atmosphere in Philadelphia is much different than it was under the previous regime in Detroit.
- I agree with Blitzology, this is a fantastic thread to read for anybody with general defensive football interests:
Had this discussion with a coach the other day.— Kyle Cogan (@CoachCogan) June 4, 2021
Defensive philosophy on why you teach kids to do what they do within your system.
First I have to explain the difference between playing “Fast” vs “Slow”
Big misnomer in defensive football world IMO
It will make you think about the Lions’ roster construction over the last three years, the defensive mindset of the staff at the time, and the results that followed.
- Lions Wire’s Jeff Risdon wrote about a way Jared Goff could improve in 2021: take more chances throwing deeper.
- The Detroit Lions are the lead food access sponsor for Eastern Market, and the team posted photos of an event they held with the Detroit Lions Academy and the Pure Heart Foundation:
The #Lions teamed up with @EasternMarket to provide fresh food boxes for over 150 youth at @DetLionsAcad and @PureHeartCares who may not typically have ready access to this type of produce.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 4, 2021