The Detroit Lions have announced their captains for the 2022 season, with six players getting the honor.
NFL teams are announcing their captains for the 2022 season as Week 1 nears. Tuesday morning the Detroit Lions joined the party, announcing their six captains.
Quarterback Jared Goff, center Frank Ragnow, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, safety Tracy Walker, linebacker Alex Anzalone and linebacker Josh Woods got the honor. Goff, Ragnow and Anzalone were Lions’ captains last year, with Brockers, Walker and Woods getting the nod for the first time as a Lion.
The captain selections are mostly not too surprising, at least based on time in the league. Brockers is the only Lions player who is over 30 years old, and leaving his aside what he does or doesn’t do on the field he is a veteran presence for a young team. Goff, Ragnow, Walker and Anzalone are among the most experienced players on the roster.
Detroit Lions name 2022 captains
If Goff was not named a captain, that might be considered a bad thing by people prone to overreact to such things. Ragnow is an easy choice, and given his role on the defense (at least for now) Anzalone was an obvious choice to be a captain too.
Woods was on the roster bubble, but has emerged as a key special teams player and a leader. And as noticed on Reddit, Woods has been somewhat front and center during team meetings captured on “Hard Knocks.”
In particular, Lions head coach Dan Campbell has empowered Walker to be a leader for a young secondary. Walker, with the quote courtesy of Pride of Detroit, is embracing the role (a bit of NSFW language).
"Now that Dan has given me that opportunity, I still take on that role and still run with it,” Walker said. “But I’ve always been a leader since I’ve been here for my rookie year, you know? So with that being said, being a leader to me, that shit comes easy.”"