“Nobody wants it more than he does,” Campbell said at the beginning of training camp. “I mean he’s put in the work, he looks healthy, and I think at this point all you can do now is go to work and show what you’ve got and see if you can continue to progress. Because look, ultimately, that’s the thing here is he just hadn’t got a ton of football in him because of the injury.”
Following his first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, Jeff Okudah spoke to the media about what it was like to take the field in a game for the first time in 334 days.
“It was surreal to be honest with you, but just a blessing to get back out there with the guys,” Okudah said. “Special moment, same field I got hurt last year and being able to play. It’s been a long journey, so to be able to take that step in the right direction is big today.”
“I think it was solid, all things considered it was solid,” he said. “I mean for me being a perfectionist, I hate that a receiver caught a ball on me, but it’s definitely something I can look at and build on it.”
Dan Campbell seemingly has made decision on CB Jeff Okudah
Following Sunday’s final preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell was asked straight up if Jeff Okudah is his starting cornerback and Campbell did not mince words.
“Yeah, I would say that,” Campbell said. “There’s nothing after these two weeks that tell me that, that’s not his job right now.”
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