NFL Draft 2023 is next week. In May, structured team activities begin, June is required minicamp, and July is training camp.
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions quarterback, is calendar-savvy. Thus, he realizes that his Lions' offseason hype doesn't matter in September.
"April has no clear favorites. "What do I know?" Goff told reporters Tuesday. "A lot may happen between now and August or whatever.
Detroit could return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and win the NFC North with Aaron Rodgers leaving the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears rebuilding.
The Lions will attempt to build on their five-game winning streak from 2022 in 2023. In the regular season finale, the Lions defeated the Packers.
This summer, they've signed cornerback Cam Sutton, safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, running back David Montgomery, and offensive and defensive coordinators Ben Johnson and Aaron Glenn.
2022 No. 2 overall selection Aidan Hutchinson had a strong rookie season, while fellow first-rounder Jameson Williams is healthy after returning from an ACL injury.
Detroit is dynamic, but Goff is calm. He doesn't understand why his team is a target.
Goff masterfully avoids offseason clichés. Optimistic but practical. As Goff approaches his third season with the Lions, he acknowledges a different vibe.
The Lions roared in 2022. How high can they go in 2023? To Goff's point, that question won't be addressed in April, but his club's enthusiasm and optimism will likely last until kickoff in September.