Dan Campbell: There’s more food on the table now for the offensive skill players

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The Lions made a surprising trade on Tuesday, sending T.J. Hockenson to the division-rival Vikings.

One of the team’s key offensive weapons, Hockenson was leading Detroit with 395 receiving yards. But now that he’s no longer on the team, head coach Dan Campbell is preaching to the players that they have to stay the course.

“I simply told them that, look, this is a business decision. And there’s nothing personal,” Campbell said in his Wednesday press conference. “I’ve got a lot of respect for T.J. as does everybody. and we wish him the best until we play him again. And no hard feelings — we talked yesterday and all is great.

“I just told them that and told them that what I have to judge is where does his production go now? And I have to feel OK with the production going to [Amon-Ra] St. Brown, ‘Lif [Kalif Raymond], [Josh] Reynolds, [D’Andre] Swift, another carry for Jamal [Williams], and the tight ends. And I feel OK with that.”

As for those remaining tight ends, Campbell said the team anticipates Brock Wright clearing the concussion protocol and being available for Sunday’s game against the Packers. And James Mitchell has gotten better every week and should be ready for a heavier workload.

“There’s more food on the table now for the other skill players on offense,” Campbell said.

10 responses to “Dan Campbell: There’s more food on the table now for the offensive skill players

  1. More food on the table, eh Dan? You do realize that at some point your players are going to tire of eating kneecap leftovers.

  2. Imagine if Mike Tomlin had taken over the Lions last year instead of Dan Campbell. The Lions would be on their way to a Super Bowl win this year and no losing seasons ever!

  3. Nope. All that happened is the table shrunk. Now defenses do not need to pay much attention to the TE and will key even more on what little weapons they have left (tons of injuries). Note he doesn’t even name the UDFA and injured 5th round pick they have left at TE. LOL. Hock trade was an absolute debacle. At bare minimum it should have been a 2nd round and more picks outright for a 25-year-old pro bowler under contract below market value for another year after this season. TERRIBLE trade for the Lions – getting only some move up slots. Holmes/Campbell have obviously gotten the green light to focus now on 2024 after drafting a new QB at the top next year and are doing everything they can to make sure they can draft the QB they want even if he has no weapons.

  4. w0lvy says:
    Holmes/Campbell have obviously gotten the green light to focus now on 2024 after drafting a new QB at the top next year and are doing everything they can to make sure they can draft the QB they want even if he has no weapons.
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    The Lions offense has been putting points on the board. They are one of the NFLs top scoring teams. But the defense is awful (the worst?). The players they’ve drafter have not lived up to expectations. That’s on Holmes and the coaches.

  5. Chris Simms Doobie says:
    The Lions offense has been putting points on the board. They are one of the NFLs top scoring teams. But the defense is awful (the worst?). The players they’ve drafter have not lived up to expectations. That’s on Holmes and the coaches.

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    That’s true (minus 2 games), WITH Hock, their leading receiver. And yes, also true it’s on Holmes the draft picks have not lived up to expectations. So the answer is to trade away a young proven talent to move up a couple draft picks? Gee that makes sense LOL.

  6. Trading away a proven young, talented player for a few draft picks is like spending $1,000 on lottery tickets hoping you’ll win The Big One.

  7. They traded their top receiver. And the coach said he feels “OK” about that. Oof. How do their fans feel? I mean, I assume nobody under the age of 75 had any hope in the first place, but still.

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