Coming off of an 9-7 season, the Detroit Lions open up training camp on July 28. Here is the team’s schedule prior to the 2017 regular season.
When is Lions training camp? (All times local)
The Lions will have seven dates open to the public.
7/31 – 12:30 p.m.
8/1 – 12:30 p.m.
8/2 – 12:30 p.m.
8/4 – 12:30 p.m.
8/5 – 6:00 a.m.
8/6 – 7:30 a.m.
8/7 – 11:00 a.m.
Where is Lions training camp?
Detroit Lions’ Allen Park Facility – Detroit, Mich.
8/13 – Indianapolis Colts
8/19 – New York Jets
8/25 – New England Patriots
8/31 – Buffalo Bills
CB – Teez Tabor – Round 2
Tabor was a lock-down corner with the Florida Gators, but watched his stock dip because he … didn’t run fast. His 4.65 40-yard dash was enough to have him trickle back into the second round, where the Lions picked up their second Florida product after grabbing linebacker Jarrad Davis.
LB – Jalen Reeves-Maybin – Round 4
Tennessee played most of the season with Reeves-Maybin less than 100 percent after he went down with a shoulder injury early in the season. Still, he bagged 105 tackles and 14 tackles for loss.
G – T.J. Lang – Free Agency
It’s always sweet to add a good player; it’s even sweeter getting one from a divisional rival.
The Lions stole Lang away from the Green Bay Packers on a three-year deal, as he’ll help protect gunslinging Matt Stafford.
The Scout’s Take
“The Detroit Lions roster still has holes to plug, but you have to admire their resilience. They led the NFL with eight come-from-behind wins a year ago. They live and die with quarterback Matthew Stafford, and he has put up big numbers behind a leaky offensive line and a nonexistent run game. He is reduced to a short “dink and dunk” passing game as an extension of the run game, but it is also an easy offense to defend.
“They dramatically upgraded their OL in the offseason, and they hope that has a trickle-down effect to the entire offense. They may not be dynamic on either side of the ball, but they will battle and, if healthy, will be competitive in the NFC North.” – FanRag Sports’ Gary Horton.