Detroit Lions news: Training camp could be moved to West Virginia

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The Detroit Lions are in the midst of a virtual offseason and the latest reports point to an offer to host a remote training camp in West Virginia.

While the Detroit Lions virtual offseason continues to plug along and meetings will continue, the outlook for training camp has not been announced, but there seems to be hope. Kyle Meinke of MLive tweeted that there is an offer for the Lions to host a remote training camp in West Virginia.

The Lions have been reportedly invited to hold their training camp at a facility in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The facility is no stranger to holding NFL training camps so the Lions could pursue this opportunity.

It was the Lions and Carolina Panthers who will be granted the opportunity to pursue this training camp set up, and it might be best if things in Allen Park are going to be on hold. The Lions have not gone on the road for a training camp since the year 2001.

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Given the circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic, finding a way to get training camp underway would be extremely beneficial to the start of the 2020 season.

Finding a way to get the players back on the field and working out again would be amazing for the organization.

Since the state is under a stay-at-home order through June 12th, it does not affect the start of the training camp, but with heightened restrictions and a new way of life, it may be better to move camp down to West Virginia.

The Lions season is going to depend on Matthew Stafford staying healthy for a full season, but getting him back onto the field to workout with his offensive weapons would be great.

Letting him get used to handing the rock to D’Andre Swift might just be a good thing. He will have some new offensive weapons between the draft picks and transition of Jamal Agnew to offense that have him fighting for a job that he can get acclimated to during training camp.

As mentioned above, this Greenbrier facility in West Virginia has housed other teams in the past, so it should be able to do the job for the Lions as they begin to prepare for the 2020 season. This is a step in the right direction for the Lions.

It may not be the training camp in Allen Park that the Lions are used to, but any training camp is better than no training camp. If the organization decides to sit on the offer and see what the state of Michigan is closer to the July 29 start date, that would work too.

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At the end of the day, the offer to relocate training camp to West Virginia should be looked at as a great opportunity for the Detroit Lions and a backup plan if the organization can’t use Allen Park.