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Notes: Michael Brockers on facing 49ers: ‘I’m already on top of them’

The veteran DL is still getting physically ready, but mentally he’s ahead of the game.

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While Michael Brockers says he isn’t officially ready for Week 1, he’s already been grinding that San Francisco tape for weeks.

The Detroit Lions veteran defensive lineman said Monday that knowing he wouldn’t play in the final preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, he had already turned his attention toward the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers last week.

“I was already looking at some San-Fran tape, a couple of my games last year playing with the Rams against those guys,” he said. “I’m already on top of them.”

But he did admit Monday that although he’s studying tape, he’s not quite ready for the season opener yet.

“Not yet, but that’s what these weeks are for, these practices are for — for me to kind of get back in the groove, get my technique a lot better and be ready for game one,” he said.

To minimize risk of injury, Brockers was kept out of drills for most of training camp. Head coach Dan Campbell said last week that “I think we feel he’ll be ready for Week 1” but it’s moving at a “snail’s pace.” Brockers still has until September 12 to get ready, but says no matter how long he’s been in the league (this will be his 10th season), practice is key.

“A lot of people are telling me, you’re 10 years (in), you’re good. For me, it’s all about man getting out there, going through those reps, even though you mess up or you have a good rep — going over those things and actually feeling those things out has always been a big deal for me,” he said. “I didn’t want to miss training camp. It was unfortunate, but for me, taking these practices, putting everything into them, as far as teaching and learning my technique and stuff like that, and just being ready for game one.”

And onto the rest of your notes.

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