The Detroit Lions held a three-day minicamp this week as part of the offseason training program. All three practices were open to the media in their entirety.
"It’s a great week to have extra time so that we can go in from a film standpoint and really study all three downs, how they fit together, go back into the red area, review some of the things that we’ve done there and just spend that extra time in the classroom," head coach Matt Patricia said Tuesday.
"We also pick up an extra thirty minutes on the field – which is great for us. We can work in two different phases of the game, mixing in a little more special teams and work on the transition of the game. Great week for us from that aspect of it."
Following practice, the coaches have to leave the field, but players are able to stick around if they want to get extra work in. Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand has been using that time to work with some of the rookies at his position.
“Hey, whoever needs help, I’m here,” Hand said after Wednesday’s practice. “Everybody just wants to work hard. It’s a great thing when you can combine and try to reach a goal together.”
Catch up on the rest of the action from minicamp:
View the best photos from 2019 Detroit Lions minicamp.
LIONS ADD TWO WIDE RECEIVERS
With Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay rehabbing injuries, the Lions added two wide receivers to the roster this week: Brandon Reilly and Jermaine Kearse.
Kearse reunites with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who worked with Kearse during their time in Seattle.
“There’s just some things to kind of refresh your memory with, but a lot of the stuff I do remember,” Kearse said of Bevell’s offense “I spent quite some time with Coach Bev and just kind of looking over the playbook and just kind of refreshing my memory a lot of things are starting to be able to come back and I’m able to pick it up pretty quickly.”
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- View behind the scenes photos of Lions 2019 Media Day.
- The Lions announced their preseason broadcast team Tuesday consisting of analyst and Lions Legend Chris Spielman, play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod and sideline reporter Tori Petry.
- Rookie wide receiver Travis Fulgham was late to football, but it didn't take long for him to fall in love with the game.