In this episode of The Detroit Lions Podcast, Chris is joined by Jeff 'The Riz' Risdon for our last look at the Lions before the time of year known as "the dead zone" begins. We found it important to discuss Damon Harrison again, a little making up for our mistake, and a little further look at his situation. We take a listener's call on the Calvin situation and then clarify a little bit on contracts in the NFL as well. We even sneak in some CAB chatter. We also touch base on Teez Tabor's changes, the news about HBO's Hard Knocks, and some interesting stats about Matthew Stafford. We also discuss a great post about the power of persistence from the subreddit, do a new segment "Pimp My article", and talk Lions upcoming important dates.
Chris has to apologize for saying Rosenhaus negotiated Snacks' current contract. We knew he didn't but we all brain farted last week when we discussed the situation. We break down what things look like for Harrison and how things may play out. From there we take a listener's call on the Calvin Johnson situation. We weigh in on it a bit and talk about negotiating contracts and where people may be getting hung up when they talk about players' monetary figures. We also preview a few areas of the CBA that may be addressed and that current player movements and negotiations may be foreshadowing.
Kyle Meinke wrote an excellent article about Teez Tabor and how his life has changed over the last few years, particularly heading into this year. Teez visited an event held by the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative: The Brotherhood & Sisterhood in a pretty rough section of Detroit and spent some time speaking with kids about life. He spoke about how his circumstances were similar to theirs, how he had come up out of a tough neighborhood, and how he had stumbled along the way. He also talked about how doing the right things can help these kids rise above the situation they were born into, how they can also succeed. He also discussed how it took a long time and a lot of inner reflection to get to where he is today. Working for a new start for himself with the Lions in the NFL. A lot of credit should go to Teez, the Lions players, and Lions management for the work they are doing to help confront social injustice. This exemplifies a great effort and a huge push forward that can hopefully make a big impact on a number of young lives. Well written by Meinke, definitely worth a read.
From there we discuss HBO's Hard Knocks, some interesting 2018 Matthew Stafford statistics (we sneak a Kelly Stafford update in there too!), and speak to the question from jahvidsanders44 in the Detroit Lions subreddit in which he asks: "Do you think part of the reason for our Super Bowl drought is because we don’t stick to a plan?". A great conversation ensues.
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Yeah, yeah, maybe it's bad form to root for specific players to make the team, just let the best make it to the final roster, but there's always one or two players in training camp that become fan favorites.
Unfortunately, I haven't heard or seen much regarding my "secret favorite", Tom Kennedy, until this article dropped today. I figure his best chance is to end up on the practice squad, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do in the preseason games.