Lions announce joint practices with Raiders, Giants

The Detroit Lions will participate in joint training camp practices before preseason games with the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants. The Lions said Friday they’ll practice with the Raiders in Napa, California, Aug. 7-8 before their game Aug. 10. The following week, the Lions and Giants will practice in Allen Park from Aug. 14-16. The teams play in Detroit on Aug. 17. Detroit’s other preseason games are Aug. 24 at Tampa Bay and Aug. 30 against Cleveland

As a member of the Hall’s selection committee for 21 years, I’ve been in that room, engaged in debates about the merits of candidates. I figuratively stood on the table defending Owens each year — and not because of his numbers, which can be so skewed, yet so many point to as the defining measure — but because he was simply one of the best of his era.

If he chooses not to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies he will be missing one of the most moving and emotional experiences someone could have in football. Indescribable moments. It will be his loss, not the Hall’s.

Athletically, Derek Rivers should be a future superstar pass-rusher. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played a football game for over a year after he missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury.

That, compounded with the fact that he played in the FCS for Youngstown State, is a red flag.

The Pats’ top two returning pass-rushers are Deatrich Wise and Trey Flowers, who both play more of a length-and-strength form of pass rushing than anything else.

If Rivers can adjust quickly to NFL speed, he could cut into Adrian Clayborn’s playing time. Between Clayborn and Rivers, it’s likely that New England’s 2018 leader in sacks will come from a player who wasn’t on the field in the Super Bowl in February.

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