When the Detroit Lions head to Pittsburgh this Saturday, Tim Boyle will actually be reuniting with a training buddy from over the summer.
Both Boyle and Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett trained under quarterbacks specialist Tony Racioppi this offseason in northern Jersey.
“We’ve been throwing with each other now for a few months. He’s awesome — super accurate, understands football,” Boyle said of Pickett.
The Lions quarterback says they’ve been bonding over the rookie experience of learning a brand new NFL offense.
“Like ‘this doesn’t make sense’ and ‘this play call is super long.’ So it’s just kind of funny to hear him coming from Pittsburgh and now being in an NFL offense and hearing his perspective,” Boyle said.
After all, Boyle went through the same thing just four years ago after signing with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted green agent in 2018.
“Your head’s definitely swimming, especially OTAs, rookie year I mean you have no idea what’s going on. You’re trying to figure out the play calls, then you’re trying to see the coverage, there’s so much going on but he’s been doing a hell of a job, especially in preseason, so I'm proud of him,” Boyle said.
NFL Draft QBs Anthony Brown, Kenny Pickett and Lions QB Tim Boyle working Climb/Hank Drill. Keeping base staying centered on climb, dropping back foot/hip to middle into a jump stop reset to make a straight, balanced throw to outside with consistent sequence. @TEST_Football #qb pic.twitter.com/lV96J0iUng— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) April 21, 2022
Boyle is battling it out with David Blough for that backup quarterback position behind Jared Goff and it’s reportedly neck-and-neck. Meanwhile, Pickett, who was the first quarterback taken off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft, has turned heads so far in preseason and head coach Mike Tomlin still hasn’t named a starter, per our friends at Behind the Steel Curtain. He’s up against former NFC North rival Mitch Trubisky for the starting job, then potentially against Mason Rudolph for backup duties. The third preseason game against one another could be pivotal for both Boyle and Pickett.
“He’s had a wonderful preseason — I watch all the games — and I look forward to seeing him on Sunday,” Boyle said.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- “The serpent of f***ing death.” These hype videos are just incredible.
- Which players shined in the second preseason game? Which didn’t look so hot? The Athletic’s Colton Pouncy and Nick Baumgardner offer their thoughts in a stock report. ($) And another stock report from Lions Wire’s Jeff Risdon.
- Old friend alert!
- Alex Kay over at Bleacher Report proposes one trade each NFL team should make before the season begins.
- Relive Saturday’s preseason win against the Indianapolis Colts with some photos and highlights.
Photos from yesterday's road win!— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 21, 2022