Friday, August 5, 2022

‘I like where he is:’ Dan Campbell cheers on Lions Bubble Player

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The Detroit Lions are looking for players who can make an impression, and at this point in training camp, they may have found one.

Austin Bryant has sometimes been credited as part of the Lions’ roster bubble this offseason, but it looks like Bryant is taking some steps forward to be seen as more than just a player who has to make a living.

If you believe Dan Campbell, Bryant may already have a seat suspended. Speaking ahead of practice on Friday, August 5, Campbell shared his excitement for Bryant given how he’s been playing and how he’s performed at camp.

“He always gave everything, all the time. I appreciate that about him. That was one of the first things I noticed about him, Aaron Glenn and I watching movies when I took this job. I’m like ‘Who is this guy? He goes into the game and goes all out.’ You talk about a defense, that has to be the starting point. Simply high effort. You’re putting it on the line, so he’s always been like that.”

Regarding his current position, Campbell said he believes Bryant is making a quick turnaround for the team.

“I really feel like he’s started growing in the last two or three days here in this camp. You can feel him coming. He was quite disruptive, he uses his length. I like where he is,” he said.

Does this move Bryant out of a potential bubble? That remains to be seen, but at least it feels like Bryant did what he had to do to impress bosses.

This is very noticeable during roster cut time.

This offseason has made it clear that Bryant will not back down in his pursuit of the Detroit roster. That much became apparent when he jumped into it during a camp scrum on Thursday, August 4th.

While Campbell doesn’t always love fights, he does appreciate the intensity in practice.

Hearing that Bryant was involved in such an event on the field was remarkable. The defender has been seen as a squad bubble player this offseason, so one fight shows he’s hyper-motivated for the year and doesn’t back down from anyone on the field.

Intensity can play a big part in cracking down a roster, and it looks like Bryant has the right mental approach to get the job done. He’s finally healthy and showing signs of his old self. Will depth hurt him in the coming year, or can he secure a role for 2022 in Detroit?

With this mini-fight, he might show the right mindset that the team will appreciate early on.

Picked in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, the Clemson pass-rusher has been hyped as a possible hidden gem thanks to his production in college.

Arriving in Detroit, Bryant was quickly injured again with an almost identical chest condition he suffered at school. He barely saw the field for the early years but was talented in college. With the Tigers, Bryant had 130 tackles, 21 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and 37 tackles for loss.

Bryant completed just 25 total tackles during his time in the NFL last season. In 2021, he went one better with 31 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Health played a role in his resurgence.

It seems like Bryant could be a silent favorite in Detroit, potentially placing him a little further out of the roster bubble than some might think at the moment.

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Bryant completed just 25 total tackles during his time in the NFL last season. In 2021, he went one better with 31 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Health played a role in his resurgence.

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