TRAVERSE CITY — For the second year, Traverse City West and Central Michigan University alumnus Darren Keyton will be in training camp with the Detroit Lions, vying for a spot on the team’s improved offensive line that was among the league’s best last season.
He’ll wear No. 62 — the same jersey he wore last year when he saw action in all four preseason contests for the Lions before being among the team’s final cuts.
The Record-Eagle chatted with Keyton this week while he was training in Arizona.
RE: How did you spend last season after being one of the Lions’ final cuts?
DK: “Working out and training, but as well enjoying my first fall off in a long time. Going out hunting for my first time as well as going ice fishing with Will and Roy Reed.”
RE: You grew up a Lions fans as a kid. How much were you hoping the Lions would call you back this year rather than another team?
DK: “I was hoping to go back to Detroit because it was the team I always watch. As well, I made some friends there that I still talk to.”
RE: How much does having gone through training camp give you a better idea of what to expect, and how much will it increase your chances of sticking this time?
DK: “Having gone through training camp once already helps me more understand how things work in the NFL and what I need to improve on to be have a chance at sticking with them. Also it is very nice that I get to head down April 7 and begin learning the new playbook, get back into playing and hanging out with the guys.”
RE: What did you learn in last year’s training camp that will serve you well this time around?