When you’re the Detroit Lions, you’re so good you don’t need a quarterback at rookie minicamp.
OK, that’s not really why the Lions were QB-less at rookie camp. But QB-less they were, and first-year coach Dan Campbell didn’t really care.
“We didn’t feel like we were going to do traditional practices where you’re doing an actual team,” Campbell told reporters. “With that, why waste one of those spots on somebody that we knew wasn’t going to be here? We would rather use one of those spots and let’s bring in a tight end, let’s bring in a defensive back, let’s bring in a corner. Let’s get eyes on somebody we think can make this roster.”
You know who can’t make the roster? Former NFL quarterback Mark Brunnell and former NFL receiver Antwaan Randle El, who played QB at Indiana. But that’s who the Lions utilized when they needed someone to take the snaps at rookie camp.
Brunnell is Detroit’s quarterbacks coach, and Randle El coaches the receivers.
Again, it’s all good, as Campbell said the Lions put a heavy emphasis on special teams play. They even used assistant coaches on the offensive and defensive lines when necessary.
Detroit traded for veteran QB Jared Goff during the offseason, sending Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams. Tim Boyle and David Blough are already lined up to be Goff’s backups with the Lions.