Still relatively fresh off the buzz from the first episode of “Hard Knocks”, the Detroit Lions will open their 2022 preseason against the Atlanta Falcons at home on Friday night. Starters will play about a quarter, per head coach Dan Campbell, with some that may play less or not at all.
Okudah would be easily tabbed as the starter opposite Amani Oruwariye, but the Lions’ first depth chart says different. Will Harris is listed as the other starting outside cornerback, with the No. 3 pick in the 2020 draft the second-stringer.
Of course the big thing with Okudah is his recovery from a torn Achilles’ in last year’s season opener. Accounts from camp say he has looked good at times, but a final mental and physical hurdle will be game action and Campbell acknowledged his need for reps.