After dealing with hamstring and hernia problems in his first two years, Detroit native and Detroit Lions corner-back Chris Greenwood is healthy and looking to make an impact and show that he belongs on the field under the bright light of Ford Field.
Nevertheless, seeing that this is his third year with the Lions, Greenwood is now in a crunch-time situation where he is eager to show the he should be a in a Lions jersey for the long haul.
According to Tim Twenyman, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said back in May that a team should know exactly what they have in a player by year three.
“Some guys walk in from day one and they got it, and they just step on the field and they got it,” he said. “Some guys take a year. Some guys take two years. Doesn’t take more than two years. It doesn’t.
“If you don’t have it in three years, you don’t have it.”
Although, the Lions are only a week and a half into training camp, head coach Jim Caldwell is already speaking highly of Greenwood and his performance in camp so far, stating that this week in terms of practice is big for his overall evaluation.
“He is healthy, he is running well. He has the size, speed and those kinds of the things, those physical intangibles.” Coach Caldwell on what he’s seen from CB Chris Greenwood during camp. “I think he is learning more and more, and getting more experience as he’s out here. He’s coming along well, he’s making good progress. Obviously, this week is going to be a big week in terms of practice, mostly padded practices, but then also at the end of the week we’ll get a chance to see where we are in relationship to other teams in the league.”
I don’t know about you but I’m rooting for the former Detroit King standout. The third-year corner-back already has great length, speed and athleticism and he has shown that he can be a good corner-back at every level of the game. Now, he just needs the opportunity show that he can be a key guy in the Lions secondary.
He is reportedly being given that chance in camp. According to Tim Twentyman, the Albion product is reportedly getting quality, second-team reps alongside veteran Cassius Vaughn, which is an upgrade for Greenwood, who in the past was getting third and fourth-team reps when he was able to practice.
“That’s important for any player,” Greenwood said of the increased practice reps. “You get better by experience and getting those reps and getting that on-field work allows you to test yourself and see where you’re at and get better, especially going against (the receivers the Lions have).”
Hopefully we will see the impact of Greenwood’s on the field work and increased reps, when the Lions go up against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night at Ford Field.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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