We have seen some big names out of Detroit be placed on the COVID-19 list but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing some competition on the field for training camp. Here’s a deeper look into what I feel are the top 3 training camp position battles for the Lions this year.
Cornerback – The Lions currently have ten CB’s on their roster: Dee Virgin, Desmond Trufant, Darryl Roberts, Amani Oruwariye, Jeff Okudah, Tony McRae, Mike Jackson, Mike Ford, Justin Coleman, and Jamal Agnew. For the Lions training camp, this will be one of the fiercest position battles to watch this year. Darius Slay was traded to the Eagles for a third and fifth round pick which hurts the secondary but hopefully Desmond Trufant signed can fill that vacancy. I believe that Trufant is the most talented CB on the Lions roster and will fill that void at number one CB position. The number two spot I believe will be a great battle between the rookie out of Ohio State Jeff Okudah and 6-year veteran Justin Coleman who stepped up last year with 47 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception. I think Coleman’s experience on the field wins him the the CB2 position for now, but Okudah is super=talented, and I see him eventually taking over the job. Possibly even challenging Trufant for the number one spot by the end of the year.
Wide Receiver – The Lions may have the best WR group in the NFC North. Detroit currently has a total of 11 receivers on their roster: Chris Lacy, Tom Kennedy, Marvin jones Jr., Marvin Hall, Kenny Golladay, Travis Fulgham, Geremy Davis, Quintez Cephus, Victor Bolden, Danny Amendola, and Geronimo Allison. Everyone knows Kenny Golladay will be the number one WR when he returns form the Covid-19 injury list. Second, I believe will be the trusted veteran Marvin Jones Jr. The third spot is going to be a great battle between the 12-year veteran Amendola and the newcomer signed in free agency Geronimo Allison. Geronimo showed flashes of great potential with the Packers but never really took off like he was expected too. It will be interesting to see if Amendola at the age of 34 can keep his starting role in the offense. My guess is that Amendola will be the slot WR and Allison will be utilized more in a perimeter WR role. The last spots are going to be a heated battle, but I would keep an eye on the Lions 5th round pick out of Wisconsin, Quintez Cephus. Cephus was an amazing route runner with above average hands. He was the most talented and reliable receiver for the Badgers. He fell in the draft due to his 4.73 second 40-yard dash time and an off the field issue that he was later found innocent. I believe he may be able to improve his skills and become a starter in the NFL.
Running Back – The Lions have 6 running backs: D’Andre Swift, Bo Scarbrough, Ty Johnson, Kerryon Johnson, Jason Huntley, and Wes Hills. The Lions used their second pick to grab one of the top running backs in the draft, D’Andre Swift out of the University of Georgia. This talented back, who is as big of a threat in the passing game as the running game, is most likely going to win the starting job. After watching all the backs take a turn starting at RB last year, I think Bo Scarbrough showed he was able to carry the load and will win the second spot. Kerryon and Ty will probably end up fighting for the third spot.
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