Amid the intense pressure of the NFL, you don’t get a ton of opportunities to see players just plain having fun.
But all mic’d up and ready to go at training camp, it’s clear Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is ...well, just plain having fun. The Lions released highlights from Goff’s mic’d up practice and it’s clear the team is already building chemistry.
Several entertaining moments include Goff asking multiple Lions staff members if their rashes have cleared up, and at least four plugs for Frank Ragnow’s Grizzly Man Outdoors series. “Paid for by the Detroit Lions (thumbs up),” Goff says.
To me, this continues to be an example of how the Detroit culture is changing. No one doubts the Lions are taking 2021 seriously, but it’s so nice to see some personality. This is giving fans a chance to get to know Goff and buy in on him this season. Some of the viewer comments: “Goff is hilarious”, “Goff needs his own segment!” “Goff is honestly a lot funnier than I ever imagined.”
Things will become intense in no time, it’s nice to see players enjoying the game and reconnecting with fans after a very long 2020.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- Training camp is the time to see what players are made of. The Athletic’s Chris Burke and Nick Baumgardner explain what Jared Goff, Will Harris and other Lions need to display once those training pads go on Tuesday. (Subscription required.)
- The Pistons’ Troy Weaver and Dwayne Casey stopped by to soak up the training camp excitement. But ESPN’s Eric Woodyard explains how this moment meant much more than that.
- Geronimo Allison was among many players forced to make a tough decision last year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett explains why Allison felt opting out of 2020 was the right decision for him. (Subscription required.)
- PFF’s Ben Linsey takes a shot at projecting each team’s starting lineup in 2021. How do you think he did?