The Detroit Lions hosted their 2021 three-day mini rookie camp last weekend, and although most of it was behind closed doors, the team let a small contingent of beatwriters observe the practice on Sunday – here are my observations of the action.
Not only did the Lions give local media an opportunity to see the rookies, their media team produced a short video of some of the action and posted it to their YouTube channel this afternoon.
In the video, you get fast-paced action with a quick look at all of the draft players present, as well as the team’s coaching staff and some front office members. There is no good appearance of the formations used, but there are many close-ups of the recruits going through individual drills and 7v7s.
In writing my observations, I noted a WR vs DB drill, where UDFA CB Jerry Jacobs challenged WR Amon-Ra St. Brown to a run, which saw the fourth round come out victorious. You can see this race in the 51st second of the video. You can also see the race WR Tom Kennedy won at 1:51.
Other cool looks include smooth hip swivel from Ifeatu Melifonwu, Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill exploding from their position, St. Brown grabs the tip of a finger and a touchdown from WR Javon McKinley.
Watch the full two minute video below:
Now let’s move on to the rest of today’s notes:
- Jared Goff’s teammates training tour continues:
- Dave Birkett of the Free Press has walked away from the Lions vast receiving room as things are going on ahead of Spring Camp Phase Two. There is no real surprise among the 12 players with three locks, two younger players right behind them, two veterans who could be in trouble and five youngsters who could earn a spot depending on the skills of their special teams.
- Update: In Monday’s notes, I mentioned that the Lions might have an interest in acquiring the recently relinquished RB Ryquell Armstead, but the Lions did not make a claim for him and he was awarded to the New York Giants.
- Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report ranked each division’s biggest winners in the 2021 offseason and the Lions came out on top in NFC North: “The Lions have strengthened both sides of their front lines. As the top tackle in the 2021 draft, Penei Sewell is expected to have an immediate impact. On Day 2, Detroit selected defensive tackles Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill. Neither pick generates much excitement, but this team can beat their opponents in the trenches as a tough competitive team in 2021.