The Detroit Lions entered Phase 2 of the offseason training program this week.
Phase 2 consists of on-field workouts that may include individual player instruction and drills, as well as team practice conducted on a separates basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
“You get a lot out of it, as far as working together, working with coaches,” defensive end Trey Flowers said of the workouts. “You put in some base, fundamentals, alignment – things like that. It’s a good start, very important. We’re getting a lot of good work out of it.”
It's also a good opportunity for Flowers to get to know his teammates better.
“I’m trying to learn a new team – trying to build new relationships with these guys,” he said. “New chemistry. Things like that. It’s always a process.”
While Flowers is learning about his teammates, the offensive players are working to learn a new scheme under coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Bevell is known for featuring the run game in his offenses, which could be good news for second-year running back Kerryon Johnson.
“We all know what he likes to do,” Johnson said Thursday in his media session. “We know what he brings to the table. Obviously, that’s the good news for me, but we’re a complete team. We’re trying to be a complete offense. We’re trying to be complete players.”
After having his rookie season cut short due to injury, Johnson is really focused on being more reliable for the Lions this year.
“Last year I didn’t get this time,” Johnson said. “Last year, you’re preparing for the Combine and all that. You don’t really get a chance to get better at football and really get that much stronger and really work on your specific skills.
“I got a full three and a half months or whatever it (was) and I think that time that I’ve put in and the work I’ve put in, hopefully will pay off this season.”
2019 DRAFT ANALYSIS
The second the NFL Draft ends, and sometimes even before it ends, the draft analysis begins.
Who earned a passing grade? Which picks were a steal? Who could have an immediate impact? And so on.
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OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- The Lions announced Monday that they have exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of tackle Taylor Decker.
- On Thursday, the Lions signed defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, released running back Kerwynn Williams and waived tackle Jarron Jones.
- Lions head athletic trainer Kevin Bastin announced Thursday that he plans to step away from the NFL later this month.