Nothing like a little friendly competition to boost motivation.
Detroit Lions receiver Kalif Raymond is no stranger to grinding, but credits fellow receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and his work ethic with taking it to the next level.
“To be completely honest, the work ethic, as far as how many jugs I catch, actually came from Amon-Ra,” he said Wednesday. “He told me that he caught 200 balls a day, which is a lot.”
So Raymond challenged the rookie to a friendly competition to increase those after-practice reps.
“He caught 202 so I was like ‘Alright, I’m going to catch 215.’ Like everyday I was catching jugs, in the back of my head thinking he was going to catch jugs,” Ramond said. “After practice everyday, he catches 202. So it’s almost like a challenge. ‘How many did you do today? 202 — alright I did 203.’”
Raymond called St. Brown a competitor with “incredible” work ethic.
“I was probably around like the 75 to 100 mark and he said ‘I’m catching 200.’ I was like ‘You know what, I appreciate that because I was selling myself short.’ Because he has such good habits and work ethic like that and dedication, he ended up helping me,” Raymond said.
Teammates encouraging each other to push the limit? Sounds like a team heading in a good direction to me.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- Emily Griffin, vice president of marketing for the Lions, is the latest star featured in the club’s Women in Sports spotlight series.
Our Women in Sports segment, presented by @PriorityHealth, spotlights some of the women in the #Lions organization. Today's interview is with Emily Griffin, Vice President of Marketing. pic.twitter.com/HUOd8aLOlt— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 30, 2021
- The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers asked Duce Staley how Jermar Jefferson feels about being a healthy scratch through Week 3. He’s not happy, and Staley says that’s a good thing.
- What should our expectations really be when it comes to Penei Sewell’s rookie season? Lions Wire’s Jeff Risdon took a look at comparable tackles from recent draft classes.
- “Can we judge Jared Goff before he gets help at wide receiver?” It’s a question you’ll see over and over throughout the Lions community and The Athletic’s Chris Burke explores it. (Subscription required.
- Calvin Johnson responds to possibly the most shameful video on TikTok, and considering the dances on there that’s saying a lot.
- Speaking of Megatron, he joined Good Morning Football and he spoke on Matthew Stafford. He made an amusing comment worth the watch — it starts at 3:33 into the clip.
- If you’d like to check out the Lions all mic’d up, here are sights and sounds from Week 3.
- Check out what Erik found in that video above....
Well, the #Lions mic’d up video has a clear shot of the play clock at zero (far right in the banner between the upper and lower deck) and the ball has not been snapped.— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) September 29, 2021
I expect the @NFL will be calling with an apology any day now, and that’ll make it all better. pic.twitter.com/Ks4lKfw7WV
- “There aren’t going to be many big plays, but Goff gives his squad a chance.” In case you’re interested in where Jared Goff is landing in NFL.com’s latest quarterback rankings.
- Herman Moore having a laugh at quite the typo.
“That name would have made it even harder for me to work with.” https://t.co/IHlHPKZGxH— Herman Moore (@HMAN84) September 30, 2021
- Cant get enough of the Fearless Leader? Check him out previewing Week 4 on the Bears Talk Underground podcast: