Lions assistants Mark Brunell, Antwaan Randle El throwing at rookie minicamp

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The Lions have three quarterbacks on their roster right now: Jared Goff, Tim Boyle and David Blough. None of them are rookies, and none of them participated in this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

So who threw the passes to the rookie receivers? Some quarterbacks who are way past being rookies.

Mark Brunell, the Lions’ 50-year-old quarterbacks coach who played quarterback in the NFL, and Antwaan Randle El, the Lions’ 41-year-old receivers coach who played quarterback in college, threw passes during individual drills, head coach Dan Campbell said.

“I would say this: There’s been a lot of ice,” Campbell said, via the Detroit Free Press. “A lot of icing after practice. Been a lot of heat pre-practice. But we’re getting it done. They look pretty good.”

For seven-on-seven drills the Lions used a younger offensive assistant, Tanner Engstrand, who was a college quarterback at San Diego State.

10 responses to “Lions assistants Mark Brunell, Antwaan Randle El throwing at rookie minicamp

  1. Even at 50 Brunell is probably better than half the QB’s currently playing in the NFL

  2. As my lions search for, I think the word is, success?? Wouldn’t know we’ve never had it. It seems appropriate for a team that hasn’t won anything in just about a century that we have 91 years of former QBs leading some drills. It feels masochistic but appropriate somehow.

  3. Good for Brunell & Randle El. Not ideal to have these guys throwing passes in OTA’s but it’s a weird world right now and you make do with what you have. As a guy who is only 4 years from 50, I raise my cup of Geritol to them.

  4. Let’s not forget Antwaan Randle El threw one of the more memorable TD passes in Super Bowl history. A magnificent forty yard strike to eventual MVP Hines Ward!

  5. This feels weird… “But we’re getting it done” – seriously ?
    Is Campbell less competent as HC than Patricia ? Who is organizing that stuff ?
    I’m not an NFL professional, but I’ve heard 28 years ago, when I started to watch the NFL, about “camp arm”.
    Penny pinching much ?!?
    The knee biting was strange, striking out on joint practices was bad [“I actually did reach out to some coaches, and I’ll be honest with you, I got in on it a little bit late,” Campbell said, via Benjamin Raven of MLive.com. “So, a number of the coaches that I called had already had things set up. So, we struck out on that. I think it’ll probably be just us. We’ll be competing against each other for those four weeks of camp.”] and now they are competing against… the coaches ? Weird.

  6. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brunnell threw ~10 passes on a normal practice trying to demonstrate what he is teaching to the QB. It is not a stretch. Throwing 50+ passes is a lot of work.

  7. nobull says:
    May 17, 2021 at 10:28 am
    Even at 50 Brunell is probably better than half the QB’s currently playing in the NFL

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    And all of the qb’s on tne lions’ roster

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