TRAINING CAMP WITH THE DETROIT LIONS Episode 5

The fifth and final episode of HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE DETROIT LIONS aired Tuesday evening. The episode covered Detroit’s final week of training camp, roster cuts and tough decisions that had to be made. It’s also an exciting time for the players who made the roster and practice squad to begin another journey.

Here are my 10 biggest takeaways from the final episode:

1. There are always tough conversations to be had in the coaching rooms leading up to roster cuts. I liked how when head coach Dan Campbell was discussing a player, he wanted to know if they could handle pressure moments. The Lions lost a lot of close games last season, and Campbell has emphasized being better in pressure situations.

2. Campbell knows what this last week is like for players, both as a young draft pick with a safe spot himself, and a player later in his career fighting for a spot. The conversations with guys like quarterback Tim Boyle, tight end Devin Funchess, offensive lineman Dan Skipper (who Campbell said was an especially tough decision), defensive lineman Bruce Hector, linebacker Jarrad Davis and wide receiver Tom Kennedy looked tough for him. He told Kennedy he earned a spot on the roster, but sometimes there are other considerations like position versatility, body type and special teams.

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