On an overcast and gloomy Thursday morning, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell spoke to reporters at the team’s training center in Allen Park to learn more about the decision to trade. veteran linebacker Jamie Collins.
After two games in the 2021 season, the organization felt it was time to reduce the role of the veteran and that other younger players needed to see more of the pitch to begin their development.
“His attitude was great,” Campbell said. “I just felt it was time for a reduced role (for Collins). I have too much respect for him to do that. We felt he was doing it. was time for (Derrick) Barnes and (Jalen) Reeves-Maybin to play more. So that’s really why I made the decision that we’re making. It’s time to move forward. We’ll see where it leads. . “
Campbell and the organization have had open communication with Collins, but also said the team are not going to set a timeline for announcing a deal.
In the NFL, you have to have another organization ready to deal for the veteran and another GM come up with a fair deal. Campbell noted that they had been contenders for Collins, so the 31-year-old is unlikely to play a down for the Lions again.
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For Barnes, defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said Week 3 was a good time for the rookie to contribute more, unlike last week when Detroit’s 2021 fourth-round pick didn’t see a single snap against the Green Bay Packers.
“It’s time for us to start watching some of our young guys and allowing them to go out and play there,” Glenn said. And you will have the chance to see Barnes play. I know you all can’t wait to see him play. I think it’s time for him to come out and start playing. And also, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, these two guys deserve a chance to play and for us. To be able to move forward in this direction, these are difficult decisions that you must make. You don’t like them all, but you need to grow as a team. “
Glenn explained that last week was just not a good time for Barnes to gain that experience, but with an extra week of preparation, the rookie will now have a chance to contribute to Detroit’s failing defense.
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