Episode #159: Prepping for Phase 2 of training camp

This week Erik and Joe discuss how the Detroit Lions are making their way through Phase 1 of training camp and explore the important things to look for when they enter Phase 2 next week. Here’s what they covered on the show:

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Episode #158: Pre-camp 53-man roster projection

This week the guys discuss the latest news from the NFL, where the Detroit Lions stand heading into 2020 training camp, discuss all 90 players on the current roster and examine Erik’s latest pre-training camp 53-man roster projection.

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Episode #157: Inching closer to training camp

This week the guys discuss how the NFL is inching towards training camp, what is still being debated by the NFL/NFLPA, what’s happening in Lions news, and we tap into the mailbag to answer another batch of mailbag questions.

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Episode #156: Ranking the Lions 2020 opponents

This week the guys discuss the current state of the NFL, the adjustments being made to attempt to have a 2020 season, the latest news from the Detroit Lions, and answer another batch of mailbag questions.

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Episode #155: Shelia Ford Hamp now in charge

This week, the guys discuss the shift of Lions’ organizational control from Martha Firestone Ford to her daughter Shelia Ford Hamp and go through another round of the mailbag.

  • Shelia Ford Hamp is now the principal owner
  • History of Lions ownership
  • Don’t expect the team to be up for sale
  • Female to female passing of the torch
  • Martha Ford’s legacy?
  • Where’s William Clay Ford Jr.?
  • Hamp looking to put “her own stamp” on organization
  • Hamp is in the learning process
  • She doesn’t anticipate any large changes, for now
  • The Lions coaching staff and front office ultimatum remains in place
  • Hamp is proud of the Lions approach to social justice
  • Hamp would “completely support” the Lions signing Colin Kaepernick
  • COVID-19 and social justice protests creating community among players/staff
  • How will the regular season be adjusted? Is quarantining an option?
  • Governor Whitmer’s executive order allows sports to return to Michigan
  • Why are the Lions’ top-level draft picks still unsigned?
  • After an ankle injury, is T.J. Hockenson 100-percent? Da’Shawn Hand and Austin Bryant?
  • Will Luke Sellers pass Nick Bawden at FB?
  • Who are the Lions’ starting guards?
  • Will either of the rookie guards start? Be in a rotation?
  • Examining linebackers in different defensive formations
  • Is re-signing Mike Daniels a possibility? Any other DTs the Lions could pursue?
  • Why are the Lions coaches nationally criticized for their defense?
  • Will Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia be back beyond 2020?
  • Back-to-back games with a divisional opponent, is it possible?

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Episode #154: Preparing for fall football

This week on the podcast, the guys discuss what the NFL is having teams do to ready facilities for fall football, how they plan to ensure safety, and go back to the mailbag.

  • Lions have opened their facility to limited staff with key restrictions
  • Mini-camp officially completed
  • Training at Allen Park
  • No joint practices
  • Could there be a shortened preseason?
  • Creating a safe environment
  • “Establishing the 53” Mailbag, parts 1, 2, and 3
  • Jeff Okudah’s leadership
  • What will the NFL do with a “fan-less” experience?
  • How will COVID-19 impact 2021?
  • Will the presumed salary cap adjustments impact contact extensions?
  • What might those extensions look like for Kenny Golladay and Taylor Decker
  • When do conversations begin?
  • Do the Lions have an elite difference-maker on the 2020 roster?
  • Jamie Collins “versus” Tracy Walker or will they complement one another?
  • More blitzing in 2020?
  • Rookie roster impact
  • Most improved position group? Weakest?
  • Will the weakest be addressed?
  • Surprise cut?
  • Will Rick Wagner signing in Green Bay be a problem?
  • Where do the Lions rank in all three phases among all NFL teams?
  • A bit of 2021 draft talk
  • Kickalicious!

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Episode #153: Pre-Summer Mailbag

This week the guys open up the mailbag once again, calling on listeners to send in their Lions related questions for this week’s episode.

  • 2020 NFL roster expansion — why rosters will still have 53 everyday players, not 55
  • Teams will have the opportunity to expand to 55 on a week-by-week basis
    • but that expansion comes with some caveats
  • Jamal Agnew switching to WR
  • How Agnew’s WR shift impacts the roster
  • Is Marvin Jones still a viable option?
  • T.J. Hockenson’s year 2 expectations?
  • Do the Lions have room for Isaac Nauta and Hunter Bryant?
  • OL coach Hank Fraley has big expectations
  • Frank Ragnow living up to his draft slot
  • Is Da’Shawn Hand healthy and will he start in 2020?
  • Re-signing Mike Daniels?
  • Jarrad Davis – what percentage of his snaps will be at MIKE?
  • DC Cory Undlin’s impact on scheme, coverage, blitzing, etc?
  • LB coach Tyrone Mackenzie’s impact? Jamie Collins?
  • Jalen Reeves-Maybin’s role – will it expand?
  • Experienced players versus rookies
  • Desmond Trufant and where he fits in the Lions scheme
  • Amani Oruwariye underrated?
  • Tracy Walker overrated?
  • National media sleeping on the Lions’ D?
  • National media’s view of OC Darell Bevell
  • Surprise player in 2020?
  • NFL facilities opening — when will the Lions?
  • Salary cap rollover
  • Will GM Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia get a pass because of COVID
  • Telling the origin story of the Detroit Lions Breakdown Podcast

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Episode #152: Wrapping up our 53-man projection

After breaking down the offensive side of the ball in last week’s episode, this week the guys switch over to defense and continue to dig into Erik’s series of articles at Lions Wire: Establishing the 53 — projecting the Lions’ 53-man roster.

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Episode #151: Top-25 on offense

In this week’s episode, the guys dig into Erik’s new series of articles at Lions Wire: Establishing the 53 — projecting the Lions’ 53-man roster.

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Episode #150: Lions’ 2020 schedule release

This week the guys do a game-by-game breakdown to the entire Detroit Lions’ 2020 schedule:

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