Coach Matt Patricia wants Lions’ focus on football during break

Allen Park — The true NFL offseason is upon us, an approximately five-week long break from mid-June to the start of training camp in late July. And while it’s a great time to get away before the long grind of the season begins, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia doesn’t want football Ubaldo Jimenez Jersey to be far from his players’ minds.
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You know, obviously it’s still a critical time for the team, Patricia said. From a team perspective, we’ve got to make sure that everybody’s ready to go, staying in shape, making sure that they’re following a program. We’ll talk to them, making sure they have everything Alex Smith Jersey handled, from a place to work out, from a program to follow, what we expect when they get back.

I think it’s always good to get the opportunity to practice against other teams early in training camp, Patricia said. It’s something, from a long time ago, that I learned that at some point in training camp the guys just get tired of hitting each other.

Beckham will enter training camp under the final year of his rookie deal, a fifth season in which he’ll earn two-and-a-half times as much money as he did last year. That’s a nice boost, but still well below his market value, which lands somewhere near the $16 million Sammy Watkins is making on an annual basis on his new deal with Kansas City.

Coming off a season-ending ankle injury, Beckham still needs to prove he’s capable of what has made him such a promising star in the NFL. After that, it’s only a matter of when, not if he gets his much-desired payday.

Now it’s Mack’s turn and he’s sitting out until the deal is figured out.

Current deal: Like Donald, Mack played out the first four years of his rookie contract and is set to play in 2018 on a fifth-year option. That means he’s due to receive a sizable $13.846 million before hitting free agency in 2019.