Detroit Lions News: Lions Sign LB Ben Niemann, Alim McNeill & D.J. Reader, Dan Campbell Team Ready

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The Detroit Lions are bolstering their linebacking and special teams depth ahead of next month’s training camp, signing veteran Ben Niemann.

The move was confirmed to The Detroit News by a team source.

The six-year veteran spent the first four years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs after going undrafted out of Iowa. He signed with Arizona as a free agent in 2022 and appeared in 17 games for the Cardinals, including nine starts, setting a career-high with 70 tackles.

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New Lions defensive lineman DJ Reader might not be ready for the start of training camp as he continues to rehab a quad injury. Reader said in March he expects to be ready by the start of the regular season.

Whenever Reader joins Alim McNeill in the center of Detroit’s defensive line, McNeill used a single word to describe the potential of that duo: Destruction.

“In my head it just looks like destruction, to me, honestly,” McNeill said last week at the conclusion of Detroit’s mandatory minicamp. “There’s no other way I can see it. Every time I close my eyes and visualize it, I just see destruction, honestly.”

For so long, the Detroit Lions franchise was an organization that wanted to be great. The will was there. As longtime owners of the team dating back to 1963, the Ford family knew the city of Detroit was dying to be a winner. Sure, Detroit is affectionately known as Hockeytown, but man, if the Lions ever figured it out—how quickly this town would become a football-obsessed area.

Thanks to an overhauling of the organization that took place in 2021, Lions principal owner Sheila Hamp has been at the forefront of turning this thing around. She is a competitor by nature, and what really drives her is bringing a championship and consistent winner to this city.

This week, Hamp was named by the Detroit News as one of the 10 “Michiganians of the Year.

Despite a history-making 2023 season ending just a sneeze away from the Super Bowl, the Detroit Lions aren’t letting overconfidence get the best of them.

For decades, the Lions grew accustomed to the rest of the football world doubting them—and rightfully so — but expectations have obviously skyrocketed following last season’s success. It’s hard to fault a player for brimming with confidence heading into this season, especially while watching Brad Holmes work his magic bolstering the roster in the draft and free agency. But it’s any potential overconfidence that Dan Campbell is here to squash, says quarterback Jared Goff.

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