Before Friday's preseason opener at Ford Field, the Detroit Lions welcomed the New York Giants to Allen Park for two days of joint practices. For most, if not all, teams, these kind of joint practice sessions are more valuable than the actual preseason opener. And we know how much head coach Dan Campbell values them.
On Tuesday, most reports from the practice centered around the Lions' defense making life miserable on quarterback Daniel Jones, as well as the Detroit offense regularly shredding the New York defense. Per Connor Hughes of SNY, the Lions' offense was clicking to the point where the talent around Jared Gof seemed overwhelming.
On Wednesday, the Giants would have their revenge. Jones had a much better day, for one thing.
The Lions' offense was a mixed bag on Wednesday, per the reports on the ground. Ben Raven of MLive.com believed the Lions had a "shakier" performance, but did note positives from Jahmyr Gibbs and Marvin Jones amid a tough day from Nate Sudfeld.
Alim McNeill praises the Lions' "violence" and "intensity" in practice
What did Lions players think of the practices against the Giants? After the action concluded on Wednesday, McNeill spoke to reporters and seemed pleased with the work the team was able to get in.
Dan Campbell has placed a premium on joint practices, and the test it is for players going against an opponent with a ramp up in intensity. It looks like the players heeded the call, based on McNeill's comments alone.
It seems like the Lions got some quality work in ahead of their 2023 preseason opener. Now the question becomes who suits up, and to what extent any key players play, on Friday night. But opportunity will knock for plenty of players who are battling for roster spots, which is all they can ask for,