5 Detroit Lions whose stock is on the rise after minicamp

With meaningful offseason work in the books now, these five Lions players are on the rise as we look toward training camp.
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2. LB Jack Campbell

Campbell had a solid, if up and down, rookie season last year. Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and fellow linebacker Alex Anzalone have both noticed and praised his growth during offseason work.

Here's what Glenn said about the second-year linebacker.

"Let me tell you, first off he’s a man. He’s a grown man. He’s really taken control of this offseason the way that he should take control of it," Glenn said. "He’s a true MIKE backer. He’s a guy that lives, breathes green-dot mentality as a MIKE backer..... Just the way he’s leading the men, as far as defense, is impressive to see.” 

On the first day of minicamp, Campbell was the star of the day as he intercepted Jared Goff twice. He's lined up for a more significant role in the Lions' defense this year, and he did everything during OTAs and minicamp to show he's ready for it.

1. WR Jameson Williams

Dan Campbell called Williams the most improved Lions' player this spring, while broadly saying he had improved "everywhere." Williams seems to be a better-adjusted, more mature player and person, and even with some ups and downs when reporters chronicled his practice work he has taken huge steps to show he's ready to pay off his potential this year.

No less an authority than Jared Goff has noticed Williams' progress this offseason.

We still have to see Williams carry all this great momentum into training camp, and ultimately (most importantly) he has to consistently get it done when it counts starting in September. But it was critical for him to have an offseason unabated by anything and show all-around progress. To his credit, he did.


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