The Detroit Lions landed themselves a significant upgrade at the slot corner position this offseason. That and more in today’s headlines.
The Detroit Lions find themselves in the heart of the offseason, with OTAs and minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp still weeks away. It’s in this football wasteland where news is scarce and the wait to see actual games being played seems endless.
Yet, there are some headlines to be found for fans. We scavenged the internet for the top stories about your beloved Lions. Here are the results …
Justin Coleman is an underrated talent at slot cornerback, significant upgrade for Detroit – Pro Football Focus
This offseason, the Lions signed Coleman to a pricey four-year, $36 million deal making him the highest paid nickel corner in the league. But it was a position of need in Detroit and one that is starting to earn more and more respect among NFL circles.
According to PFF, the acquisition of Coleman helps solidify the secondary in Detroit alongside Darius Slay and safeties Quandre Diggs and Tracy Walker. It was a savvy move for a progressive Lions’ front office that appears to be ahead of most teams when it comes to investing in a top-tier slot corner.
This is an awesome story of how Slay made a young fan’s dream come true by showing up to his house for a graduation party. Not only did the two-time Pro Bowler bring along some Pro Bowl gloves as a gift, but he ended up staying for three hours just to hang out.
Lions DT A’Shawn Robinson struggled with conditioning at minicamp – Rotoworld via the Detroit Free Press
The former second-rounder found new life under Matt Patricia’s defensive scheme last season posting 49 total tackles and a sack in seven starts. It’s unfortunate to hear that conditioning was an issue earlier this offseason as Robinson and last year’s terrific rookie defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand appeared to represent the future of the defensive line in Detroit. Robinson will certainly be one to watch when training camp kicks off.
The second training camp under Matt Patricia should be telling as the culture clash last year was an issue. The old school coach experienced some push back from his players last season. With some of those veterans now playing elsewhere, and newcomers like former Patriots like wide receiver Danny Amendola and defensive end Trey Flowers installed, training camp number two under Patricia should be much different.