ALLEN PARK The newbies have already gone through their mini-camp, plus three rounds of organized team activities, then another mini-camp with the full menu. Now they are on the field for four consecutive days of training camp.
The problem was that none of it was in the pads.
That day arrives, and the Detroit Lions are about to get a much clearer picture of exactly what they have in their first-year players. But it’s safe to say the early returns on Aidan Hutchinson have been huge, from dropping three quarterbacks in a row during his first practice in front of the media, to passing Penei Sewell for a sack last time out.
When asked by MLive which rookies have stood out the most during the podium action this summer, Dan Campbell started right there with notable passes from Michigan.
“It’s hard[to know a lot]without pads,” Campbell said, “but definitely Hatch, I mean I can’t…it’s just…it pops.” “To watch him keep working and go through it, I tell you, every day he gets a little better, and that’s all you care about, is that you see a little bit of improvement every day.”
No wonder there. Campbell was keen on Hutchinson throughout the drag, a high-output thruster with high power, high speed and a sophisticated engine. And he just so happens to have the kind of grit that Detroit wants for this rebuild, like Sewell and Amon Ra Saint Brown. With today’s catwalks going, Hutchinson – and his looming fights with Sewell – will be one of the stars of the show.
But Campbell also dropped another rookie name that stood out, and it was even more surprising: Chase Lucas, the seventh-round quarterback from Arizona State.
Lucas was named the 237th overall pick in the draft, and with Jeff Okuda back to full health, not to mention Amani Ururaria out of six, as well as Jerry Jacobs and AJ Parker, as well as outstanding new rookie seasons, plus the addition of veteran Mike Hughes, Lucas characters has a hard way to get to the list. still does. But he seems to have really helped himself head off to his dog days at camp.
“Lucas caught my eye,” Campbell said. “I would like to tell you especially in special teams training, and that is where I really see it. Competition training. And there is awareness of it. It is very instinctive, it is aggressive. You have to have all of that to be a good player in special teams. I would say that these two They are probably the two that are really cool to me right now.”
This is good news for Lucas trying to make the team. Special teams are usually the best way to stay on the late roster, and this is especially true for a guy like Lucas, who has a lot of players back in place.
Lucas, a former high school track star and all-American comeback, has shown good pace since moving to quarterback at Arizona State. Starting from the outside before slipping inward during his six years in Tempe, he drew most of his representatives there in the camp of lions. Parker is solidly secured with the first team, but Lucas showed a good polish in his game, especially in the third stage.
This may have something to do with the fact that he is 25 years old, after choosing to stay at Tempe for a sixth season due to COVID. That’s bigger than Year Three players like D’Andre Swift, Jeff Okudah and Quintez Cephus.
He was also coached by former NFL players such as Herm Edwards – who was also a cornerback – and Marvin Lewis.
“Just having them come in and try to criticize the little things I was doing wrong, whether it’s being in the shade with the wrong hand or moving with the wrong foot, I feel like that has just progressed 10 times, ten times over the past three or four years, especially because we’ve continued,” Lucas said. Adding new coaches like Chris Hawkins from USC, who kind of taught me to be my own man and play my own style. I feel like when they came in, they kind of sharpened the edges where I needed to sharpen them. I feel like it made me better overall, as a player and as a person, everything.
“I feel like my experience will help me, especially in the NFL and especially because I’ve been coached by NFL coaches like Marvin Lewis, (and) Herm Edwards. I’ve been around professional players. I’ve been around professional coaches. I feel their competitive nature At the Detroit Lions it would fit into my style type of where I am, (and) how I play. I feel like just my experience alone might have made me drafted. I’m just excited. I’m happy and just thankful for the opportunity.”