Lions current 90-man roster by jersey number

The Detroit Lions current 90-man roster by jersey number

The second year of the Brad Holmes/Dan Campbell version of the Lions is dawning in Detroit. As is the case with all NFL teams, there is considerable turnover from the first year. It can be difficult to keep track of who is still around, who has moved on and what jersey number those who are back are sporting for 2022.

Several Lions players have changed their jersey numbers from 2021. And some have yet to make any on-field appearances as Lions after being signed in free agency.

As of May 22nd, here is the updated Detroit Lions 90-man roster by jersey number.

Dan Campbell expects ‘good turnout’ for the Lions’ voluntary workouts

The voluntary workouts kick off on Tuesday, April 19th

The 2022 season gets real for the Detroit Lions this week. The first official dates on the calendar that involve the players doing anything, the voluntary workouts, kick off on Tuesday. Lions head coach Dan Campbell is optimistic that most of the players will attend, even though the workouts are voluntary.

“We’re going to have a good turnout of our guys,” Campbell said via the Detroit Free Press. “I would anticipate just about all of our guys here, if not all of them. At least, if not by April 19, within a week or two of that, for sure when we start in-classroom stuff.”

The second-year coach also expects a higher level from the voluntary workouts this year. Last year’s offseason programs were still conducted under the league’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, which have largely been relaxed now.

“Last year, you’re pulling cut-ups (from) New Orleans and some things, so now we can watch ourselves and our own schemes and kind of just continue to grow and learn and move on. Go to level 201, if not more.”

In the first week, there is no on-field action. The Phase One sessions are restricted to injury rehab, meetings and strength and conditioning work.

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Jaguars announce where they will hold training camp as construction begins on new facility

Due to the construction going on at TIAA Bank Field, the Jags will be holding training camp at a different location but it won’t be that far from their current practice fields.

With construction for a new football facility ongoing at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ current practice fields, the team will be conducting their training camp at a new location this offseason. According to Jags president Mark Lamping, that location will be just two miles away from their current practice fields at TIAA Bank Field at Episcopal High School.

Lamping said the team would be investing money into improving some of the high school’s fields and added that organized team activities, rookie minicamp, and other events would be held at their indoor facility or inside of TIAA Bank Field.

”We’ve been working on these plans for about a year,” Lamping said. ”When we get to training camp, we are going to be working on two grass fields at Episcopal. We’re investing some money to improve a couple of fields over there.  It’s a short bus ride but that’s just for training camp. But you know all the OTAs, rookie minicamp and once we start the preseason games, the practices will be held on the game field and in the indoor facility. So we’ll do that for this season.”

Jacksonville’s Building Inspection Division approved the permits for the foundation in February. Jacksonville’s Haskell Company will construct it, which will be 127,087 square feet.

The construction of the facility is part of the process to have TIAA Bank Field renovated. With the team operating out of the stadium, a new facility will allow them to move out whenever a deal is complete. Additionally, the team simply needed more space for operations and the new football facility is expected to help with that as it will feature locker rooms, a weight room, training and medical areas, and more.

The Jags’ offseason workout program will begin on April 11. The whole process will be broken down into three phases, and the information on the program can be found here

Jags 2022 offseason workout program dates revealed

The Jags will start their offseason program on April 11 and here is everything fans need to know about the process.

Doug Pederson has been a busy man since being named the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach on Feb. 3, but later this month, he will finally be able to take the field with his new team. The NFL announced the key offseason dates for all 32 of its teams on Friday, and the Jags’ first day will be in 9 days (April 11).

The Jags’ voluntary minicamp will take place 15 days later on April 26 and will last until April 28. After that, the team will get a break until May 23, which is when organized team activity workouts start. They will have another session the following day, then on May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, and June 6-9.

The last phase of the workout process will conclude mandatory minicamp on June 13-15.

As always, the offseason workout program will be broken down into three phases. Phase 1 will take place during the first two weeks of the program. According to the memo sent by the NFL, teams will be limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only” during this phase.

Phase 2 will take place for the next three weeks of the program. During this phase, on-field workouts can include drills where offensive players line up across from offensive players while the defense can do the same with other defensive players at a conducted walkthrough pace. The memo also notes that “individual or group instruction and drills, as well as ‘perfect play drills'” are allowed, too.

Lastly, in Phase 3, which will involve the next four weeks of the program, teams can conduct 10 days of organized team practice activity. While live contact still won’t be permitted, 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills will be.

Teams with new head coaches like the Jags can have an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. According to the NFL’s memo, additional voluntary veteran minicamps must be held before the NFL Draft (April 28-30), “but no earlier than Week 3 of the club’s offseason workout program and after at least one week of the two weeks of Phase One activities that the clubs may hold pursuant to Article 21.”

Each NFL organization can hold a rookie minicamp after the draft, too. They can begin on May 16, but the Jags will confirm their dates later if they elect to have one.

NFL offseason workout, minicamp calendar dates to know for the Lions

The NFL schedule for OTAs and minicamp is now out

The NFL released the upcoming calendar for the offseason workouts for all 32 clubs. Believe it or not, the kickoff for the first dates is just 18 days away for the Detroit Lions.

The first day for the voluntary offseason program begins on April 19th. That’s when the Lions can begin Phase One of the workout program. This consists of meetings, athletic training and injury rehab.

OTAs begin on May 24th, with three separate three-day workouts. The team’s mandatory minicamp slots between the second and third block of OTAs, on June 7th through the 9th.

Like all teams, the Lions will also have a rookie minicamp. That exact date has not yet been released by the NFL, which establishes those schedules for all teams.

Michael Brockers expected to attend Lions OTAs this week

Brockers missed the first week due to family obligations

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There was very high attendance at the first week of the Detroit Lions offseason training activities (OTAs) last week. Over 80 of the players on the 90-man roster were in Allen Park for the voluntary practices and meetings.

That number should go up this week. Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions defensive lineman Michael Brockers is expected to attend the second week of OTAs, which kick off on Tuesday and run through Thursday. It will be the first Detroit look at the veteran lineman, who came to the Lions this offseason in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams.

Brockers, 30, did not attend the first week due to some personal family obligations. The versatile veteran comes off a strong season where he logged 51 total tackles and five sacks in 15 games with the Rams.

Marvin Jones gives his impressions on the Jaguars’ WR group from OTAs

Jacksonville’s free-agent addition at receiver had high praise for the rest of the group’s performance at OTAs.

There aren’t many position groups with higher expectations for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021 than the receiving corps. Despite the team’s disappointing 1-15 season in 2020, the receiving corps was a strength. D.J. Chark took a slight step back from his breakout 2019 campaign, but the additions of rookies Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson more than made up for it.

Now that the team finally has an answer at quarterback, the receiver group is expected to take a major leap forward. With OTAs underway for Jacksonville, new free agent signing Marvin Jones Jr. (one of the top receivers from a production standpoint the Jags have had in years) finally got the opportunity to see the whole group in action.

Jones was impressed by what he saw, but he also said it was par for the course for what he expected given how the team meetings in the prior weeks had gone.

“I think it’s been great, and I think it’s just a transfer to what we’ve been doing for the past three weeks before we even got on the field with all of the coaches and stuff like that,” he said. “We’ve spent a lot of time together, probably almost two months now, so it’s been good.”

One thing that has already stood out to Jones is the versatility of the receiving group. It has Chark, who largely fits the mold of a deep-threat burner with his 6-foot-4 frame and top-tier ball skills, and Shenault, who lined up all over the field as a rookie and saw a good amount of action, taking carries out of the backfield in addition to seeing reps as a receiver.

Jones said he thinks the wide array of skill sets in the wideout room will be majorly beneficial to Jacksonville’s offensive production in Year 1 of the new regime, led by head coach Urban Meyer.

“Everybody’s going around flying fast and making big plays as we should and as we knew we were going to do,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of people, a lot of receivers in our group that can have different abilities and can put them in different places. You put Laviska [Shenault Jr.] in the backfield and watch him work and stuff like that. Everybody’s been great and everybody’s been taking the coaching and just having a good time. So, we’re just going to continue to do that.”

That’s exactly the kind of optimism Jags fans should want to hear from a high-budget free agent signing, and it’s a good sign for a unit that should the strength of the team in 2021.

Watch: Breakdown of Lions OTAs live from Allen Park

Our Jeff Risdon offers up his thoughts immediately after practice

In lieu of a formal podcast this week at the Detroit Lions Podcast, we decided to change things up a bit. I recorded a quick-hit notebook live from Lions headquarters immediately following Thursday’s practice session that wrapped the first week of OTAs.

These were my initial impressions of the team Dan Campbell and Brad Holmes have assembled, with a focus on the physical characteristics since the action on the field was pretty light.

We plan on doing more of this as the offseason progresses. Thanks for watching!

Lions coach Dan Campbell pleased with ‘first step’ with the team all together in OTAs

Lions coach Dan Campbell pleased with ‘first step’ with the team all together in OTAs

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New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell got his first extended look at his team this week. The Lions held three days of voluntary OTAs for players, and over 80 Detroit players attended the workouts in Allen Park, along with the full complement of coaches.

Campbell reflected on his first impressions of the full team and coaching staff all working together.

“Just to myself, get around these coaches, around Anthony Lynn and (special teams coordinator Dave) Fipp and A.G. (defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn) and to be able to – man, let’s start to build a relationship,” said before Thursday’s practice. “Let’s start to mesh. Let’s start to figure out how to work together. All I can say is this is the first step. These guys were willing to take the first step, and to me, that speaks volumes. It does. So, this leadership and these players, they wanted to do this. They wanted to be here and they’re here.”

He also emphasized that the players need to have fun while they’re learning. It’s a point of emphasis with his coaches and part of why he specifically chose the assistants he hired in Detroit. Campbell likes what he sees so far in the low-intensity practices.

“I think we’re just being ourselves,” the rookie head coach said via Zoom. “I think everybody that I’ve hired here, they’re just being who they are, man. They know how to demand a lot out of the players, but they also know how to tell them when they’re doing a good job. I think that’s what they do well. The trick is always how do you get them to work where they don’t even realize they’re working? Well, you make it as competitive as you can, but yet still be smart about it. Just about every player that’s up here – if you’re at this level, you’re probably pretty competitive. And so, you put them in a competitive environment, even as small as it can be, man, they can’t help themselves.”

Notes and observations from 1st open Lions OTAs

Noted and observations from the May 27th Detroit Lions OTAs

The Detroit Lions wrapped up the first week of 2021 OTAs on Thursday on a beautiful sunny day in Allen Park. And for the first time since 2019, I got to attend in person.

Here’s what I saw from my first in-person impressions of the Dan Campbell era in Detroit.

Campbell is a different style of practice coach than his Detroit predecessors, most notably Matt Patricia and Jim Schwartz. He is more of an observer and not a micromanager. To sum it up quickly, he lets his position coaches run their groups without interference. There’s not necessarily a right or wrong way to operate on that front, I’m just noting the difference.

On a logistical note, the Lions have reoriented the practice fields at the facility. There are just two practice fields now, down from three, and they are perpendicular to the old setup. For fans who have been to training camp in Allen Park, the area where you walk into the fields is now walking toward an end zone, not a sideline.

Player notes

The OTAs are not intense football. Contact is not allowed, the players were not in pads and the brief period of 7-on-7 was more of a walkthrough than hardcore football. As such, the observations here are more about physical first impressions.

Penei Sewell: The first thing to note with Sewell is that he’s not as big as expected, a comment echoed by several other Lions media. He’s certainly not small, but Sewell is quite a bit shorter on the field than Taylor Decker, Dan Skipper, Matt Nelson or even Logan Stenberg. It’s clearly visible. I’ll be stunned if Sewell weighs more than 310-315, too. He looks in great shape.

D’Andre Swift: Holy leg muscles! Swift has clearly not missed leg day in some time. The definition of his thighs, calves and even ankles jumped out. He’s very thick in the lower body, thick in a positive way. I haven’t seen Swift in person since the 2019 scouting combine and he’s definitely more developed and defined all over.

Breshad Perriman: The new wideout is wearing Kenny Golladay’s old No. 19. He’s got a lankiness to him even more so than when I covered his ill-fated season in Cleveland in 2018. As is the case with Sewell, I’d be stunned if Perriman is close to his listed weight (215). He looks good, but he’s not the bulkier guy who was a first-round pick once upon a time in Baltimore.

The Lions media got to see the full Perriman package I remembered from Cleveland in the one hour of open access. He looks spectacular running in a straight line and his acceleration for a taller wideout is fantastic. He made a beautiful one-handed stab on the sideline, carefully planting both feet down inbounds. He then dropped two of the next three passes thrown his way, one of them hitting him in both hands on a crossing route. As impressive as his acceleration is, Perriman has a very real issue decelerating to make a sharp cut, too.

Amon-Ra St. Brown: Wearing No. 14, the rookie wideout sure looks like a slot receiver. He had a rep where he caught a nice pass on a jerk route and exploded up the field with a sweet stutter move than caught the defense flat-footed. It would have been a long TD in an actual game, more than likely. His hands looked strong.

Sage Surratt: If Perriman’s weight is overestimated on the official listing, he might have given some of those pounds to Surratt. He’s every bit of 6-foot-3 but he looks bulkier through the shoulders and torso than 215. It’s not bad weight, just more of it than expected. He flashed nicely in a punt coverage drill.

Jahlani Tavai: The weight loss and body transformation with the third-year LB is legit. He looks like a different guy physically. I didn’t watch any LB reps in their grouping but his newly svelte body stood out as the players warmed up and stretched. He said in his post-practice media session that he’s lost 17 pounds since January.

Jared Goff: It was strange seeing No. 16 as the first-team quarterback. He’s a different personality from Matthew Stafford in practice, a little more engaging with his teammates upon first blush. Again, it’s just one first impression. He missed one throw (to T.J. Hockenson) badly but looked fine and had enough zip when asked to unload the deeper throws.

Todd Gurley

About five minutes after the practice session started, word circulated that free agent RB Todd Gurley was in the building. He did not make an appearance at practice, however.

My take: It’s a curious courtship from both sides. The Lions have an impressive 1-2 punch in Swift and Jamaal Williams, and they drafted big Jermar Jefferson, too. Two priority newcomers with potential are already in Detroit to pair with Swift, who could be a rising star in his second season.

For Gurley, it seems like he would find a better opportunity for more carries and a (likely) bigger paycheck elsewhere. It’s nothing beyond the visiting stage at this point, and he does have a relationship with the Lions front office from their Rams days together. I wouldn’t lose any sleep — be it excitement or bemusement — over the possibility of the Lions signing Gurley until it actually happens.