Jeff Okudah back on the field after torn Achilles

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The start to cornerback Jeff Okudah‘s NFL career has been lackluster, but he’s on the path to getting a shot at making things better in Year 3.

Okudah tore his Achilles in the season opener last year and has recovered enough to be participating in practices with the team during the OTA phase of the offseason. Head coach Dan Campbell declined to say when the 2020 first-round pick might be ready for a full workload, but fellow corner Amani Oruwariye said that Okudah’s in a good place right now.

“I think mentally probably is the biggest thing right now,” Oruwariye said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I knew he would get back healthy, but mentally he’s amazing. He’s in great spirits, doing his thing, getting back, getting that Achilles and the whole body right in general. But I think we’re going to be excited just to get him back in the locker room, just his infectious attitude around the guys.”

Okudah was limited to nine games as a rookie and didn’t play well when he was on the field, so there’s a lot for him to come back from this year. If he’s able to do it and show the kind of skills that made him the third overall pick, it would be a major boost to the defense in Detroit.

4 responses to “Jeff Okudah back on the field after torn Achilles

  1. I never liked the Lions picking him at 3 and he’s been worse than a disappointment so far, but I’ll give the guy some sympathy, his rookie year he had no training camp bc of covid, came in with terrible defensive coaching, got hurt halfway through the season, then has an Achilles tear in game 1.

    I’m not optimistic about his future, but corners almost never hit their peak in year 1 and he’s got less than a full year under his belt. If he can get and stay healthy maybe he can still be OK.

  2. Unfortunately it appears he will go down as one of the biggest busts in history. That’s what happens when you have a toxic head coach and GM who give away stars like Clay & Diggs for peanuts, forcing themselves into reaching for a replacement in the draft (and then wrecking him too).

  3. I didn’t like the pick either. He might bust out of the league, we’ll need to wait and see. There’s nothing the guys in charge now can do about the horrendous decisions of the previous regime, so I don’t really consider it in my assessment. Instead, I think this: Kyle Van Noy. This guy was a bust… under the last regime. He played like crap because he was coached like crap. Then, in NE, he was coached up right and lit it up.
    With Okudah we may have the same thing going. Last year we didn’t get to see him a lot, then the ACL. But the coaches he has now! It’s Van Noy all over, but in-house, thank god.
    I’m giving this guy a couple more years. If he busts, it’s on him, but I don’t think he will. Too many times I watched this guy burn my Wolverines’ offense. He was something special to watch. I’m thinking he still is. Just needs a coach.

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