What does Anquan Boldin mean for rest of WRs
Dave Birkett answers some of your Twitter questions in our first weekly mailbag of the year
Jul 29, 2016; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin (80) talks to the press after practice at the Detroit Lions Training Facility.(Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)
Every week during the Detroit Lions season,Cheap Jerseys from china we’ll do a Twitter mailbag.
Q. Jim Caldwell said Thursday that he does not have a preference between five or six receivers and that he wants to keep “as many good football players” as possible. I’ve seen the Lions roster four, five and six receivers at various times during my six seasons on the beat. Boldin definitely will be one of them this year, as will Marvin Jones, Golden Tate and almost certainly TJ Jones. The Lions have a number of veterans vying for jobs beyond that in Jeremy Kerley, Andre Caldwell and Andre Roberts. Ultimately, the decision will come down to the health of the unit and what contributions some of the back end guys can make on special teams, both in the return game and coverage.
Q. Staying with the same topic, Lee probably has the most upside of the undrafted free agent wide receivers the Lions signed this off season, but it looks like an uphill battle for him, Jace Billingsley and Quinshad Davis to make the 53 man roster. Lee played at Baylor, so he’s not as polished as some of the other young pass catchers, but he’s got good size and can catch the ball. I think it’s more likely he earns a spot on the practice squad, but a strong preseason (and good play on special teams) could force the Lions’ hand.
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Q. The Lions have not (to my knowledge) given Caldwell an ultimatum that he must win a certain number of games or reach a specific round in the playoffs in order to keep his job for 2017. Caldwell said at his news conference Thursday that he expects the team to be better this year, and that seems like the bare minimum for what he’d need to do to return for a fourth season as coach. He has one year left on his original contract and the Lions likely will have to decide whether to extend him or start anew after this year. He might need to make the playoffs to save his job.
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Q. Yes. A very real chance, in fact. Wick had a nice spring, and while the Lions can’t be sure exactly what they have in the undrafted rookie out of Incarnate Word until the pads come on, they like what they’ve seen so far. Wick earned his stripes in college as a blocking tight end and that’s ultimately the role he’ll fill in the NFL. If Brandon Pettigrew isn’t ready for the season because of his knee injury, Wick could take his place. Even if Pettigrew is ready, Wick might prove too have too much upside for the Lions, whose other option at the position is journeyman Matthew Mulligan.
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A. The circles that you see on the Lions’ uniforms actually hold tiny sensors that help the team track player data as part of its analytics program. The Lions have sensors around the Allen Park training facility that measure a players body movements, and these sensors help provide data that team uses as part of its practice and training plans.
A. Let’s end with something light. I had a pretty uneventful summer. Mostly spent my down time shuttling the kids around to various summer camps, swim lessons and birthday parties. My daughter’s birthday is in mid July and that usually signals the end of my summer break. That was no different this year. Camp is on, and my summer’s over.