This can be a important preseason for Jalen Reeves-Maybin, to make the second-year leap from a primary yr that was by no means actually provided that nice of an opportunity. Detroit’s fourth-round pick of Tennessee final season spent the yr making an attempt to construct again up the majority and energy to play linebacker, a component that had dwindled in him after a season-ending shoulder damage his remaining yr in school.
He got here into coaching camp noticeably larger this offseason, reportedly as much as 230 kilos, which was at all times his objective all alongside. He had a brand new defensive scheme to be taught, and this was a time to carve out a task.
Reeves-Maybin’s first preseason sport did not go the most effective. It is solely preseason, and schemes are vanilla, which impacts a smaller linebacker like Reeves-Maybin who’s constructed higher to execute sure assignments. However after two days of joint practices with the Raiders, Reeves-Maybin confronted that very same Oakland offense and have become the goal of quite a lot of passes to working backs within the two-minute drill to finish the primary half.
He additionally by accident picked Teez Tabor on a crossing sample that allowed speedster Martavis Bryant to get it and go.
Reeves-Maybin was lauded for his protection potential popping out of Tennessee, and it did not get off to the most effective begin this preseason. The subsequent day, although, his new coach had largely reward to supply.
“I feel Jalen, actually by coaching camp, has had an excellent coaching camp,” Patricia mentioned on a teleconference Saturday. “He had a very good sport final night time so far as that’s involved and simply continues to enhance.”
Patricia hasn’t been one to criticize particular person gamers when he speaks. Nonetheless, he is been particularly optimistic about Reeves-Maybin this preseason.
Patricia did acknowledge a few of the performs that went towards him Friday night time.
“(He is) obtained a protracted solution to go — a few of these conditions the place you might have seen him within the protection a part of it with the working backs,” Patricia mentioned. “It is simply one thing that in these conditions with the clock, the time, and the two-minute a part of it, possibly was simply circumstantial there.
“I feel he is making an attempt to get higher.”
Patricia wants linebackers of various builds to fill out his hybrid method. He has Devon Kennard at 256 kilos to work a few of a linebacker-defensive finish function. Jarrad Davis, at 238 kilos, mans each down from the center.
The workforce signed 244-pound Christian Jones away from the Bears this offseason so as to add one other participant who’s used to doing somewhat of every part. Jones excels in protection, which is what some hope Reeves-Maybin’s calling card can be.
Extra joint practices with the Giants this week, plus three extra preseason video games, will present ample alternative to indicate that he deserves the additional reps this yr.