As the Detroit Lions prepare to kickoff training camp this week, headlines are swirling around the Motor City. Here are four of the best …
The Detroit Lions will kick off training camp this week. But all the news has been about who will not be attending camp.
Although there has still been no word on the contract status with players like cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Damon Harrison, there was breaking news about Detroit’s biggest free-agent signing who will now miss the start of camp.
Update: Damon Harrison is expected to attend the start of training camp according to NFL Networks’ Tom Pelissero.
That news plus much more is covered in today’s version of headlines …
The Lions’ biggest free-agent addition, former New England Patriots’ defender Trey Flowers, has now been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP) and will be sidelined for the start of training camp. Flowers did have offseason shoulder surgery and can be activated off the PUP at any time.
As if the Lions needed to add another tight end on the bloated roster, Detroit has signed journeyman Austin Traylor. In 2016 alone the undrafted tight end out of Wisconsin spent time on five different teams. Last season, Traylor played in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He’s likely little more than an extra camp body.
This prediction comes via USA Today’s Nate Davis. Davis has the Lions posting a 3-13 record in 2019 and competing with Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, and the Arizona Cardinals for the worst record in the league. The main reason why? Half of the Lions’ home games come against 2018 playoff contenders.
Topping the above storylines to watch are the contract statuses of both Slay and Harrison. Their joint agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was scheduled to meet with the Lions’ brass last week. Although there has been no official word of their progress, Slay did leave a cryptic tweet on his Twitter account over the weekend with only two words: Beyond blessed.