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Ask POD: LISTCAST is here!by Jeremy Reisman on May 30, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports Send us your Lions questions and we’ll answer them! Simple as that! Time for another Detroit Lions mailbag. As we get nearer and nearer to the offseason potentially returning to normal—the NFL expects coaches to be back in their facilities by next week—the prospect of actually having a 2020 season is coming clearer. Of course, there’s still a lot to happen between now and September. We’re still over three weeks from the beginning of regular season football. But things are starting to feel more normal. We’ve gotten to speak to a few players over the past couple weeks. The NFL media is continuing to proceed ahead with their typically offseason predictions and analysis. And we’re no different. This week, LISTCAST makes its triumphant return, as we list the top 10 quarterbacks in today’s NFL, according to the Pride of Detroit staff. But after we do that, it’s time for your questions. Here’s how you submit your questions: you post them in our comment section. Yep, it’s that simple. If you don’t have a Pride of Detroit count, you can send them to us on Twitter using the hashtag #AskPOD. If you don’t have Twitter or a Pride of Detroit account, get your life together, then come back to us. Anyways, want to know our thoughts on Jamal Agnew’s position switch? Wondering about how the new rules for 2020 will affect the game? Or simply want to know how we’re keeping sane these days (hint: we’re not)? Send us your questions RIGHT NOW!
Open thread: Do you still believe in Jarrad Davis?by Jeremy Reisman on May 30, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Entering the final year of his rookie deal, do you believe Davis will turn it around? For the past three years, Jarrad Davis has done everything right off the field. He’s earned the coaches’ praises by regularly being the first guy in the building and one of the last players out. He’s a film junkie who has shown time and time again that his commitment to the game is second to none. He’s also crazy big and strong now. Unfortunately, that hasn’t turned into tangible results on the field. For the past three years, Davis has graded out as one of the worst starting linebackers in the NFL according to PFF, and it’s easy to see why on game day. He regularly overpersues, he misses tackles far too often, and his coverage abilities have not progressed since his rookie season. Despite his struggles, the coaching staff hasn’t wavered in their overwhelming support for Davis. Just earlier this month, head coach Matt Patricia called Davis ”a cornerstone of what we’re trying to do.” And if you follow this coaching staff’s comments regarding Davis and the way they look when they talk about him, this doesn’t feel like the run-of-the-mill supporting a player comments. Even though they didn’t exercise his fifth-year option, it still really feels like this coaching staff still believes in Davis. But do you? Today’s Question of the Day is: Do you believe in Jarrad Davis? My answer: I want to. I really, really, really want to. There is no easier player to root for on the Lions than Jarrad Davis. He’s friendly with the media. He goes about work exactly like you’d want him to. He’s earned respect in the locker room and became a leader and captain of the team. But the issues on the field have just been far too consistent for far too long. The warning signs were there in college, and they haven’t gone away in three years. Issues of concentration and mental processing aren’t ones that are easily worked through, and at this point, it’s hard for me to believe Davis can overcome them. I’ll still be rooting like hell for him this fall, but my expectations remain relatively low. Your turn. Tweets from https://twitter.com/PrideOfDetroit/lists/lions-coverage
Notes: Jaguars confirm Detroit Lions would’ve played in London this seasonby Jeremy Reisman on May 29, 2020 at 8:44 pm
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Lions would’ve played in London this year had COVID-19 not spread worldwide. Due to the uncertain nature of international travel amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL was forced to postpone their international series of games for the entire 2020 season. Prior to the breakout, the NFL was scheduled to play four games in London this year, plus an additional contest in Mexico City. The Detroit Lions were rumored to be one of the team slated to play in London this year in one of two contests hosted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Those rumors really started to heat up near the 2020 official schedule drop but were never 100% confirmed. However, the Jaguars essentially confirmed it in a recent letter sent out to their season ticket holders: I think this is the first time I've seen them confirm who the London opponents were going to be, no? pic.twitter.com/nhowO75Q19— Johnny Machiavelli (@DUVAL_DOOM) May 29, 2020 It’s unclear if the Lions will get another chance at playing in London in the near future, but they aren’t scheduled to play an away game against the Jaguars for another eight years. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports has a rough tale about Kerryon Johnson’s brother—also named Kerryon Johnson. He has been stuck in Romania for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 crisis and is very likely to miss the birth of his first child. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more on the story, as well. Former Lions safety Don Carey has moved on from his football career and has now stepped into the political arena: Big congrats in store for former Lions S Don Carey, who won the city council race in Chesapeake, Va., earlier this month in historic fashion. Carey said he got the most votes in a council race in city history. He'll be sworn in June 30th.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 29, 2020 Reminder: You could win a virtual hangout with Lions center Frank Ragnow or former Lions safety Glover Quin. All you have to do is donate at least $10 to help families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Donate here. You only have until May 31. Marvin Jones Jr.’s home workout facility is crazy: .@MarvinJonesJr shows us around his home workout facility. #OnePride pic.twitter.com/UoP1scgBIU— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 28, 2020 Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire has 10 Lions players that will enter the summer already on the roster bubble. On Thursday, Taylor Decker and Christian Jones met with the media during a Zoom call. You can watch the full sessions here. See if you can spot the part where WoJo started tuning into the Red Wings press conference, interrupting everything, but prompting a hilarious response from Lions Director of Football Communications Eamonn Reynolds:
PHOTOS: Jarrad Davis got crazy swole this offseasonby Jeremy Reisman on May 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm
@mecastrong on Instagram Davis continues to do everything he can off the field to get better. Jarrad Davis is entering a critical year for his future. With his fifth-year option declined earlier this offseason after a disappointing start to his career, the former first-round pick is entering what could be his final season with the Detroit Lions and a crossroads for the rest of his career. But Davis appears to be doing everything he can this offseason to turn around his play. And that apparently includes getting hella buff, thanks, in part, to the people over at Michigan Elite Conditioning for Athletes (MECA). Take a look: View this post on Instagram Jarrad Davis - Detroit Lions middle linebacker came looking to correct some structural issues that was hindering his play. Fast forward a year and he has completely overhauled his body. He came in weight 227 pounds at 14 percent bf and is now weight 248 pounds at 9.8 percent bf. His bench press was 297 on his initial assessment and currently he is pressing 375. He still has 2 more months before the NFL season - who’s ready for some football!!!!! The program design was simplistic but effective. He dialed in his nutriton this year and is ready to roll. #mecastrong #detroitlions @jarradcdavis @detroitlionsnfl @stew_chainzz @coach_david_lawrence_ @mecanutrition A post shared by Michigan Elite Conditioning (@mecastrong) on May 29, 2020 at 7:55am PDT The accomplishments that MECA boasts are seriously impressive. In just a year, they claim Davis: Went from 227 to 248 pounds Dropped his body fat from 14% to 9.8% Increased his bench press from 297 to 375 Some of these accomplishments were noticeable last year, as several analysts mentioned that Davis looked significantly bigger during offseason workouts. Then linebackers coach Al Golden was impressed: “Right now, he’s bigger than he was at any point in his career and he’s holding it really well,” Golden said. “I couldn’t believe when he walked in from the offseason. He had a great offseason. He’s really excited about the challenge to grow as a leader, to be honest with you.” But it’s one thing to hear about it. It’s another to actually see it. Davis’ transformation has also been helped by the fact that he’s been keeping in shape using his own transformed basement-turned-gym which he calls, according to teammate Christian Jones, “The Lions Den.” Of course, motivation, strength and athleticism have never been the biggest issues with Davis’ game, and he knows it. “I have the talent to be a good coverage linebacker, but I just haven’t been able to show exactly what I can do in that area, whether it be from just overthinking or just trying to do too much,” Davis said earlier this month. So while Davis continues to do everything he physically can to salvage his Lions career, nothing is truly accomplished until there a change in the product on the field. But for now, Davis still has the coaching staff’s confidence. “I think JD is a cornerstone of what we’re trying to do,” Lions head coach Matt Patricia said. “He’s in those big-picture plans in where we’re trying to go.” It’s worth pointing out, this isn’t the first time MECA has helped physically transformed a Lions player: .@MECAstrong is turning all of the #Lions roster into superheroes. pic.twitter.com/e26q8sD16q— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) July 19, 2019
Sam Martin: Lions offered a contract, but Denver’s offer was ‘more appealing’by Jeremy Reisman on May 29, 2020 at 3:34 pm
Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images The Lions reportedly offered Martin a chance to come back, but he found a better deal in Denver. The Detroit Lions let punter Sam Martin go this offseason in a move that left many fans scratching their heads. Martin had his ups and downs in Detroit, but he left after a mostly-successful reign that included a four-year contract extension back in 2016 and one of the best punting seasons in NFL history—averaging 44.2 net yards per punt with 23 inside the 20-yard line and just three touchbacks. He’s currently 10th all-time in punt average and just turned 30. So why would the Lions let that go? Martin provided a little clarity on Friday when he joined the Pat McAfee Show. According to Martin, the Lions offered him a contract, but he found the offer from the Denver Broncos more appealing. “I did have an offer to go back to Detroit, and was definitely interested in going back to Detroit,” Martin said. “But Denver, as a punter, is a really appealing place to go. Once we started talking with them, it became a reality that I could end up there.” "All the praise I used to get from @MattPrater_5 on Denver on a weekly basis about how much he loved the city and Colorado in general it became a place where I really wanted to land"New #Broncos punter @SamMartin_6 on what went into his Free Agent decision #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/eojQemIfwi— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) May 29, 2020 Martin said that after talking to Denver’s coaching staff and chatting with former teammate Matt Prater—who built his career for seven years with the Broncos—Denver seemed like a very attractive place to land in free agency. Then, of course, there was the money. “Detroit was definitely on still the table, but Denver was a little more appealing, and the contract was as well,” Martin said. Denver ended up handing Martin a three-year, $7.05 million contract including $2 million guaranteed. The Lions, on the other hand, currently have two punters under contract: Jack Fox (one year, $610,000) and rookie Arryn Siposs (three years, $2.3 million). Neither player has attempted a punt in the NFL yet.