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ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions just went through three days of rookie minicamp without a quarterback present, leaving three former gunslingers on the team’s new coaching staff to handle those duties.

 

While three days of practice without a rostered quarterback on the field sounds strange, Lions coach Dan Campbell clarified the situation while shedding light on what the league allowed teams to do in terms of outside tryouts. The NFL allowed only five tryout players this year, making it hard to add another quarterback with numbers so tight

The Lions have quarterbacks Jared Goff, Tim Boyle and David Blough on their roster. Campbell said the team is comfortable with those three and didn’t think one of the team’s five tryout spots needed to be a quarterback.

 
 

“We feel like we’re in a good spot there. With that, that would have meant that we would have had to sign a tryout player as a quarterback,” Campbell said. “There’s nothing wrong with that to get through a practice, but there again, we didn’t feel like we were going to do traditional practices where you’re doing an actual team. With that, why waste one of those spots on somebody that we knew wasn’t going to be here? We would rather use one of those spots and let’s bring in a tight end, let’s bring in a defensive back, let’s bring in a corner. Let’s get eyes on somebody we think can make this roster.
 

With that, we’ve got some coaches on this staff that actually can throw a little bit. We’ve used their arms, somewhat. I would say this; there’s been a lot of ice. A lot of icing after practice. Been a lot of heat pre-practice. But we’re getting it done (and) they look pretty good.”

 

 
 

The Lions have reportedly signed tight end Charlie Taumoepeau and safety Alijah Holder since the end of minicamp, two of the team’s five tryout players.

Those coaches include quarterbacks coach Mark Brunell, wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El and offensive quality control coach Tanner Engstrand. Brunell played quarterback in the league across 17 seasons in Jacksonville, Washington, New Orleans, New York (Jets) and Green Bay. Randle El was a living, breathing highlight reel through his four seasons quarterbacking at Indiana University. He converted to wide receiver in the NFL, famously throwing a touchdown pass on a trick play in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
 

While those two are the notable names that come to mind, Engstrand performed the primary quarterbacking duties throughout the weekend. Engstrand played quarterback at San Diego State in the early aughts. He earned praise from the team’s new head coach and some rookies speaking with reporters after practice wrapped for his work.

 

Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown said these past three days were the first time he had a coach throwing to him in a competitive atmosphere since his Pop Warner days. He added that “he can throw it around a bit, so it wasn’t too bad.”

 
 

Rookie corner Ifeatu Melifonwu was on the other side of things but had similar praise for the makeshift quarterback situation.

 
 

“He (Engstrand) actually surprised me,” Melifonwu, who tipped a pass into an interception at one point on Sunday, said. “First, when you see a coach out there, you think you’re going to see some ducks. But, nah, he’s actually a really good quarterback, so he actually gave us a good look.”

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4 minutes ago, JetsFanShawn said:

that's not good idea to put your rookie QB and put em in without no camp and no rookie camp to make him sit an watch cause the NFL is different then collage

Is there a Google Interpreter link for this?

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3 hours ago, JetsFanShawn said:

that's not good idea to put your rookie QB and put em in without no camp and no rookie camp to make him sit an watch cause the NFL is different then collage

because of something @Larz said in another post I'm deleting this. 

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3 hours ago, JetsFanShawn said:

that's not good idea to put your rookie QB and put em in without no camp and no rookie camp to make him sit an watch cause the NFL is different then collage

What does this even mean?

On any level.

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