NFL reveals featured team for new 'Hard Knocks' series, storylines unfold
NFL Films and HBO Sports announced on Monday that the popular docuseries, “Hard Knocks” will document the Detroit Lions 2022 training camp. It’s the first time the show will be in Detroit, and first time training camp will be spent with any NFC North franchise.
The five-episode season is set to be on HBO on Tuesday, Aug. 9 (10 p.m. ET) and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
NFL.com has laid out 5 intriguing storylines to expect coming out of the show.
Coach Dan Campbell is known for his caffeine habits and fiery personality, so there shouldn’t be any shortage of interesting segments and clips from him.
Campbell and his coaching staff maximized a talent-poor roster in Year 1. Now, Year 2 brings a different sort of challenge. There is no question Campbell will be the focus of the Hard Knocks crew. Heck, he’s probably the main reason the cameras will be in Detroit in the first place.
Owner Sheila Ford Hamp has proven to be more media friendly than her parents, but her role and visibility for the show will be interesting to watch unfold.
Focusing time on a female owner would also help freshen Hard Knocks’ formulaic model that has become predictable and sometimes dry.
Jared Goff will amazingly be on his third version of Hard Knocks.
Expect defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and DBs coach Aubrey Pleasant to play critical roles in the Hard Knocks plot. Both are ascending coaches who are in line for promotions next offseason. The Lions also have the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, and it could likely be a defensive player.
Jamaal Williams is an entertaining character.
Boasting humor to match his wit and candor, Williams is a phenomenal interview whenever he sits in front of the mic. The 26-year-old running back’s beaming smile is made for the cameras, and his workmanlike attitude perfectly represents what the Lions are trying to build in Detroit.