The Lions travelled down to Mobile, Alabama this week for the 2020 Senior Bowl.
Head coach Matt Patricia and his staff were given the opportunity to coach the North Team. It was our first opportunity to see several of Patricia's new hires in action, including new coordinators Cory Undlin (defense) and Brayden Coombs (special teams).
"I think (Undlin's) a guy if you talk to enough people in the league and get to know him a bit there's a lot of respect for what he's been able to do," Patricia said. "He does have much different experience than I do from a defensive (perspective), which is going to help everybody and give us different ideas, different opinions, different philosophies, different techniques. Things that will help us."
Undlin hasn't been with the Lions very long yet, but he was able to share a little bit about what to expect from his defense in 2020.
"It's going to be full of guys that play with their hair on fire," he said. "That love to be out there on every snap and the guys that know what to do. That's it, without getting into the scheme-aspect of it, and we'll figure out the scheme when we get back (to Allen Park), but they're going to like what they see when they go out there."
Coombs is using this week at the Senior Bowl to teach the prospects how special teams can be a path to success in the NFL.
"I told them, you guys listen, if you're not a first-round pick or a quarterback, the first way you're going to get on the field is in the kicking game," Coombs said Tuesday of his initial message to the North Team squad. "So, it's an adjustment for them from an attitude standpoint. Most of them have been starters on offense and defense, haven't been hugely involved in the kicking game, and for every rookie, that's an adjustment."
GOLLADAY TO PRO BOWL
The NFL announced Tuesday that Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay was named to the 2020 Pro Bowl, taking the place of Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin who could not participate due to injury.
This is Golladay's first trip to the Pro Bowl. He led the league this year with 11 touchdown catches.
Golladay joined teammate Darius Slay in Orlando this week to take part in Pro Bowl practices and festivities ahead of Sunday's game.
View photos of Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Darius Slay during NFC Pro Bowl practice Thursday, Jan 23, 2020.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- Mike O'Hara predicts who the Lions will take with the 3rd pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
- Tim Twentyman caught up with vice president of player personnel Kyle O'Brien for a Q&A after North team practice at the Senior Bowl Thursday.