Detroit Lions ‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 4 recap

Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Tim Boyle (12) calls out a play at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Pittsburgh won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Tim Boyle (12) calls out a play at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Pittsburgh won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Episode 4 of “Hard Knocks” spotlighting the Detroit Lions aired on Tuesday night, and once more an in-depth look at the Lions preseason processes and storylines were highlighted.

The preseason flew by, and so as HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with the fourth episode featuring the Detroit Lions airing Tuesday night. Each week comes with its own storylines, mostly outlining bubble players and team progression. Episode 4 was no exception to this formula.

Over the last few episodes, and outlined specifically in last week’s Hard Knocks recap, players have been battling for roster spots.

Rookie offensive tackle Obinna Eze and journeyman running back Craig Reynolds were featured last week, and both were featured battling for their spot again this week. But the backup quarterback battle between David Blough and Tim Boyle was a focus this week.

Detroit Lions ‘Hard Knocks” Episode 4 recap

Both quarterbacks received time during the week and in Sunday’s preseason game against Pittsburgh to showcase why they deserve to be Jared Goff’s backup. While the plan explained in this week’s episode was for Boyle to play the first half against the Steelers, and Blough to play the second, Boyle’s performance was bad over the first few drives. Campbell made the move to Blough earlier than expected, clearly not thrilled when seen on the sideline during the game, which seems to have sealed Boyle’s fate (he was released on Monday).

Dan Campbell summed up the evaluation process with another fantastic quote. It seems it came from the second preseason game against the Colts, but it could have applied to someone who started the Steelers’ game too.

"“I had three ‘what the (expletive)’s’ and two ‘(expletive)’s’ in the first drive alone. Like, I don’t know what he was doing. It was (expletive), man.”"

Not to be overshadowed by potential roster cuts, Campbell opted to utilize a unique method for practice last Monday (Aug. 22). A completely player run practice is not often seen, but it had great results. Allowing players to coach each other can increase rapport and trust, as Campbell wanted the players to take ownership of the team.

In next week’s “Hard Knocks” season finale, we will surely go behind the scenes as the Lions officially cut down to their initial 53-man roster going into the 2022 season. We know what cuts were made, but actually seeing those conversations will still be interesting.

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