NFL fans can taste the excitement in the air as the 2022 season is less than two months away. First, each of the 32 teams must make it through training camp, with the Detroit Lions' rookies kicking things off on Saturday, July 23 before the veterans join on Tuesday, July 26.
Lions fans are hopeful that their team can take the next big step in a lengthy rebuild. Head coach Dan Campbell will have tough decisions to make at training camp to ensure he has the best roster possible. That means that veteran players could be given the axe if they're outperformed by hungry rookies.
Here's a look at three Lions veterans who could be cut during training camp.
Lions Training Camp
1. Devin Funchess, TE
A former 2015 second-round pick, Devin Funchess was seen as a wide receiver with solid potential, proven by him recording 840 receiving yards and eight touchdowns with the Carolina Panthers in 2017. He's been out of the limelight in recent years, though, opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 while spending the last year bouncing around on practice squads. However, Funchess will now try to make a comeback with the Lions... as a tight end. Even though he was the 2013 Big Ten TE of the Year, it's easy to feel pessimistic about someone who's started one NFL game since the beginning of 2019.
2. Kalif Raymond, WR
The Lions' WR room is much more competitive this season, adding the likes of first-round pick Jameson Williams, as well as veteran DJ Chark. The result? Kalif Raymond could be on the outside looking in next month. Despite opportunities with five teams over his career, Raymond has yet to impress. He recorded just 236 yards without a touchdown on 21 receptions in 14 starts last season, which doesn't do him any favors heading into training. Throw in the promise that Quintez Cephus, Josh Reynolds and Amon-Ra St. Brown displayed last season and it isn't tough to see why Raymond is a likely training camp cut.
3. Tim Boyle/David Blough, QB
Campbell has made it clear that Tim Boyle will compete with David Blough to see who'll be Jared Goff's backup quarterback. While Boyle actually started three games last season, he failed to impress, going 0-3 with 526 passing yards, three TDs to six interceptions and a 63.5 passer rating. Though Blough hasn't started since 2019, it's not like Boyle's recent appearances were that much better. The Lions only have room for one of the veterans on the roster and it'll come down to whichever man has the better training camp.
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