Detroit Lions 2022 training camp overview: Day 1 depth charts shape up

Detroit Lions opened its 2022 training camp on Wednesday and the Pride of Detroit was on hand to take in all the excitement of the first day. The Lions practiced 90 minutes without pads—which are later in the onboarding process according to NFL rules—and they ran a series of individual drills, 7-on-7, 11-on-11, and a variety of specials. Teams Activities.

Presence

Leading Training Camp Lions announce multiple players Was placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) and NFI (Non-Football Injury) lists, and then coached Dan Campbell. updated that list with some more players Ahead of today’s practice. Here’s a reminder of players with injury designations:

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NFI:

  • Jameson Williams, WR
  • Natrez Patrick, LB
  • CJ Moore, So
  • Dan Skipper, OT (illness)

Apart from the players listed on the injury list, the remainder of the roster were present and rehearsing.

change in status

We reported that Will Harris and Ifetu Melifonvu were cross-training positions during the spring season, but today the team made their position switch official: Harris is now a cornerback and Melifonvu is a safety, as per today’s media roster sheet. listed in. team website,

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Practice was a bit slow today as players are getting used to working on the field again, but for the most part, the Lions’ offense picked up where they left off in the spring. The quarterback looked much ahead of where he was a year ago, and the extra work he has with the catchers was evident in his chemistry.

Without pads, contact is prohibited, which gives us little judgment about how certain position groups are progressing. For example, the back depth chart is still very high ahead of D’Andre Swift and Jamal Williams, and we may be several exercises away from having any clarity on the situation.

The same is true with the offensive line, although we were able to take a closer look at where it was lining up on the depth chart. The opening offensive line was expected (moving from left to right) with Taylor Decker, Jonah Jackson, Frank Ragno, Halapauliwati Waitai and Penny Sewell building chemistry.

The other team’s offensive line saw some more shaking, and with the skipper on the NFI, it was UDFA rookie Obinna Eze who was stepping into the left tackle. Evan Brown remained in the center and Matt Nelson on the right tackle, but Logan Stenberg and Tommy Kramer switched sides, with Kramer in left guard and Stenberg on the right.

The only other interesting note from the offensive line group that day came late in practice when Jackson moved from left guard to center (Ragno removed reps) and UDFA Kevin Jarvis got reps on left guard. Jackson was called up to play center in Week 18 last season, so getting an early rep in camp is just a matter of keeping his skills sharp.

Top wide receivers traveling together

Sometimes it’s the stuff that happens between exercises that reveals the most about a team and its cohesion.

When individual drills began practice, the expected starters were DJ Chark, Josh Reynolds, and Amon-Ra, the first three through the St. Brown drill. When in team activities, they started together, they went as a group when two and three were on the field. They talked, it was difficult to tell from afar, but the conversation was consistent.

When the team went into special teams practice, Chark and Reynolds (who are not on special teams) followed their punt returner drill by sitting behind St. It was not his turn. Jameson Williams was locked on the hip of wide receivers coach Antwan Randall L for most of the day, but when he was not, he also joined the top group during this time.

game of the day

The Lions have built all their training camp stands and shelters for fans, and the media have the option of working between specific areas. When the team transitioned from position group practice to team practice, media shifted from one area to another. As soon as we reached the spot, we were easily considered the best catch of the day.

During this 7-on-7 period, as the media already settled with the ongoing drama, Jared Goff threw the ball to Quintez Cephas, who adjusted in the air, and snatched the ball with one hand on Amani Oruvarie. :

Cepheus not only made the catch, but once he landed, he immediately headed for space and separated from the rest of the secondaries. Cephas remained untouched for about 30 more yards until he found the last field and was dunked on the goal posts in celebration.

Defense

For the most part, defensive roles were expected and the top-three in each position group cycled through their opening two positions.

On the interior, Michael Brockers and Aleem McNeil got the earliest reps. When he added a third, Levi Onwuzurike stepped in and Brokers slipped out a bit more depending on the look. Jason Cornell was next in the rotation, and once again, if these were live practice, he might have gotten a sack.

On the sidelines, the Lions depth chart had some wrinkles. When they separated in positional practice, it was notable that Aidan Hutchinson, John Kominsky and Eric Banks worked along the inner defensive line. While the EDGE/linebacker hybrid worked together in a group that included Charles Harris, Julian Okwara, Austin Bryant, James Houston and Anthony Pittman, who had a new role on defense, I’ll get to that in a bit.

While they worked separately during individual drills, during team drills the two units were combined and there was a clear pecking order. Harris played one opening role, while Hutchinson and Okawara spun through another. There were times when all three were on the field, as well as a variety of combinations between them, but these three were clearly the top choices.

Alex Enzalon on linebacker was a clear starter, and as we saw in the spring, Derrick Barnes and Chris Board spun from second starting position. With the Twins, one of the Barnes/Board combos took a spot, while the other saw a rotation of players, with Jarad Davis and Sean Dion Hamilton getting the most looks.

One interesting wrinkle we didn’t see in the spring was the use of three off-the-ball linebackers. In that circumstantial experiment, the Lions did not exclude Anzalon, Barnes, and Board, but instead, only kept two and brought in Pittman as their SAM defender.

When we combine this SAM linebacker role and the fact that we’ve seen Pittman work with the Edge Rushers while in person, it’s fair to assume that he entered the mix for the hybrid role. That means there’s more competition for Davis and Houston in their fight to support Julian Okawara.

At cornerbacks, the top trio included Amani Oruwariye, who played a starting position, while Jeff Okuda and Will Harris alternated the series with a second starting position. Any player who did not take a first-team rep in that series found himself with the other team fighting for a spot with a rotation of players. Initially, Bobby Price got the nod, but Savian Smith ended the day with the most reps on the second team.

At Nickelback, the pecking order remained the same. AJ Parker continues the opening role, followed by Mike Hughes (who also saw outside reps) and rookie Chaz Lucas.

In terms of safety, things were even more clear, with Tracy Walker and DeShawn Elliott starting every rep. The second team saw a rotation of players, starting the day with Melifonwu and Juju Hughes, with Brady Breeze in practice. Kerby Joseph was with the third team, which is not unexpected for a rookie, and it is expected that his role will soon expand.

special team

The Lions played several special teams today and we took a closer look at some of the possible pairings and front runners for the roles.

In Punt Returner, it was a three-man contest between Kalief Raymond (incumbent), UDFA rookie Kalil Pimpleton and St. Raymond and Pimpleton each had four comeback chances, while St. Brown’s had just two, but St. Brown is expected to retain his opening role as well. It is quite possible that St. Brown is familiarizing himself with the role when the emergency is called for, and the fight is actually between Raymond and Pimpleton.

At the Gunners, the Lions put six players through practice and used them in the following pairs when punting practice went live: Price and Melifonwu, Trinity Benson and Parker, Lucas and Okuda. Is Okudah really in the mix for the role of Gunner? It’s hard to say, but he is ready to work.

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