Lions coach Dan Campbell: Special teams are the tiebreaker in roster decision

With roster cutdowns looming before Tuesday’s deadline, Lions head coach Dan Campbell offered 

some insight into the decision-making process on the roster bubble players. 

“Always the tiebreaker is going to be special teams. That’s the first, and I mean if it’s close at all, 

it needs to be somebody we know can help us on special teams,

Campbell said before Friday’s practice. Campbell put special teams above dependability and trust in his pecking order. 

Those words reinforced what Lions coaches have stressed all summer both on and off the record 

The bottom-of-roster players must prove they can be assets on punting and kickoff units.

Campbell and his staff devoted over a third of Tuesday night’s final padded practice

to special teams blocking and coverage drills, and the players attacked it like their jobs depended upon it.