The Detroit Lions held their annual brawl training at Ford Field on Saturday morning, and the energy in the building was palpable. According to the team, some 18,000 people showed up at the Lions home pitch, the highest number for an event since 2015 – a year after last season in Detroit with 11 wins.
Overall, the day was good for the offensive, but training was also very skewed to help that side of the ball. Several rides started in the middle of the field or closer, and the first team offensive regularly met with reserves and potential players on the training team.
That being said, several players on either side of the ball had some impressive performances. Here are the six that stood out for me the most.
Without a doubt, Chark was the biggest star of the day. I took him for four holds, 76 yards, and two touchdowns in a fight. It is still a machine for big games, especially impressive when it comes to contested catches. Coverage of several of his Saturday parties was decent, but Khark’s concentration and skill in football was evident throughout the camp.
“I’ll just say it’s God given because it’s something I’ve always had a knack for,” said Chark of his ball tracking skills. “When I run, being able to use my speed to locate the ball, I think it has to do with a lot of hand-eye coordination. I do a lot of things just to work on hand-eye coordination. And the ability to adapt with speed. Speed up or slow down and control your body. So I think all of these things come into it. “
Chark ended his training with a phenomenal grip on the touchdown from a 33-yard dive to win the day for an offense during a two-minute practice.
By my very unofficial count, Jared Goff had 13 out of 17 passes for 171 yards, 4 TD and 0 picks in tonight’s game. DJ Chark caught two of these tank destroyers (3.33 yards), while Josh Reynolds (12 yards) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (18 yards) added one each.
– Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 6, 2022
This is quite an impressive line of stats, although it does require a few caveats. First, the offensive of the Lions first team often positioned itself against the defense of the second and third teams. Secondly, the high number of touchdowns is due to a good position in the field. Two of these touchdowns came during plays that started on the opponent’s 25-yard line, one started on the 50-yard line, but this last throw to Chark was after a strike that started from his own 27-yard line.
That being said, there’s something to be said about Goff’s confidence, especially when it comes to pushing the ball down the field. He has more confidence in himself and his teammates than I’ve ever seen in last season.
Bryant continues to pose a destructive defense threat. I had Bryant to take the equipment to lose, a bag and at least one more pressure. Many of his plays were also against the offensive of the first team. Since Julian Okwara, Romeo Okwara and Josh Paschal have no time now, no one has a greater advantage than Bryant.
Hutchinson didn’t have a terrible day, but I had two notes that show exactly what the Lions think they get in their second choice.
On the first, the Lions fired up the screen and Hutchinson stepped onto the field so fast he almost stopped playing. Eventually he recognized the screen and was able to dash down the field and attack the runner well before the first fall.
Then, during the first-team’s two-minute practice session, Hutchinson stabbed a knife into the backfield, causing Goff to throw an off target. Should be a huge weapon for Lions on the defense at the end of the half.
The biggest surprise of the day was Banks – last year’s mid-season expansion. Banks also notes an increase in playing time due to the injury of his teammates, and he was everywhere on Saturday. He met Jermar Jefferson on a defense for a loss of 5 yards. They both forced them not to finish the game and later practically punished for keeping Penei Sewell. And he had all the will against the first team offensive.
It was a landmark Banks performance and if he can keep that momentum going through the next week of training and throughout the pre-season, he may have a place (or more) in the training squad.
Maybe you remember last year’s Family Revel which was a bad sign for a situation where the Lions were digging. Let me refresh your memory for our 2021 observation post.
The diggers were a mess from afar again. Randy Bullock missed both 50 yards and 54 yards to the left, while Matthew Wright missed 50 yards to the right and missed 54 yards.
Well, Austin Seibert is here to make those memories a thing of the past. Seibert was a perfect 6 out of 6, with (approximately) 41, 41, 44, 50, 54, and 62 marks. The 62-yard bounced off the crossbar and entered.
Seibert has a clearly stronger leg than Riley Patterson, but he had fought consistently before in the camp. That said, he was the much better kicker on Saturday as Patterson’s lack of strength – he missed from 54 and was very short from 61 – proved to be a problem with long-range kicks.