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Detroit Lions Hold Player-Led Practice With Campbell’s Permission

Detroit Lions backup quarterback Tim Boyle has a newfound appreciation for offensive coordinators following a player-lead practice on Monday.

The Lions were given license to hold their own practice by coach Dan Cambell in a bid to empower them.

Tim Boyle as well as David Blough called the plays for Jared Goff according to a script they were given.

“It’s their team,” Campbell said. “I want them to have ownership in it.”


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“That was fun today,” Tim Boyle said. “David and I really enjoy doing that. We hear it all the time, and it’s not as easy, obviously, as it looks. Conceptualizing the play and kind of spitting it out calmly and not doing it too fast is definitely an art, so give all the offensive coordinators around the league definitely a shout out.”


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“He just told us (in our team meeting), he was like this is like the periods we want out of practice and the coaches won’t be out there,” veteran left tackle Taylor Decker said.

“He pretty much just left it at that so we’re like, ‘Uh, OK.’ But like I said, we come out here and we work every day. It doesn’t matter if the coaches are out here or not, we know what to do and how to do it. Obviously, we need coaches, but we shouldn’t need them out here to be able to get good work in because we’re professionals. I don’t need a cheerleader to get me to go. It was pretty cool. I’ve never seen anything like it, so it was fun to get out here.”

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