Entering the 2021 season, the Detroit Lions' front office filled out the roster with several players who signed one-year contracts.
On Monday, head coach Dan Campbell was asked about the status of certain players who have been given an increased opportunity in Detroit and the likelihood of their return next season.
“Everything is ongoing. We’re evaluating those guys just like the young guys we have. We’re evaluating practice-squad players, everybody," Campbell said. "I would tell you that the three you just said, we really like where they’re at. We sure do. They’re all getting better."
Campbell explained further, "(Alex) Anzalone is playing the best that I’ve ever seen him, with more confidence and energy. He’s our bell-cow on defense, and (Jalen) Reeves-Maybin has been -- when we signed him, we knew the special teams player we were getting, but we were hopeful that he could help us on defense, as well. We were intrigued with him, and I’ll tell you what, he’s been all of that. And certainly Lif (Kalif Raymond), Lif just -- like I said, those three guys really embody everything we’re about and on top of that, you’re getting the production out of him.”
Anzalone has been mentoring rookie Derrick Barnes, and Barnes' steady improvement throughout the past four weeks has significantly aided Detroit's defense.
Raymond is coming off one of his best performances of the season, as he recorded six receptions for 115 yards.
Recommended Lions Articles
3 Reasons Michigan Wolverines Can Win College Football Playoff
Michigan Wolverines have the potential to win a National Championship this season.
Detroit Lions Open as 7-Point Underdogs against Minnesota Vikings
The Detroit Lions are home underdogs when they play the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at Ford Field.
Everyone's Saying the Same Thing About Detroit Lions on Sunday
A Sunday without the Detroit Lions might not be such a bad thing.
Detroit returns home to Ford Field this Sunday to play the Philadelphia Eagles, before their bye week next week.
- Subscribe to the AllLions podcast on iTunes
- Like and follow AllLions on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter: @detroitpodcast @vitojerome @llamorandier @danielkellybook @CBooher_
- Follow Detroit Sports Podcast on Instagram: @detroitsports_podcast
Become a premium AllLions member, which grants you access to all of our premium content and gets you a FREE subscription to Sports Illustrated! Click on the link below for more