Tyrion Arnold on competitiveness: If my mom was a WR, I’d put her in the dirt

The Lions selected cornerbacks with their first two picks in this year’s draft and got a chance to see them on the field for the first time on Friday.

First-rounder Terrion Arnold and second-rounder Ennis Rakestraw Jr. are participating. In the team’s rookie minicamp as they begin their quest to earn roles in the secondary during the 2024 season. Assistant general manager Ray Agnew said he believes “both guys think they’re going to start, and they’ve got their work cut out for them” in order to reach that goal.

Agnew also said “we don’t want guys bowing down to people” on the Lions’ defense, and Arnold’s answer to a question about his competitiveness shows he’s not drawing any lines on that front.

“I’ll never forget the time my mom pulled my tooth because we were taking it so hard, so if my mom were here right now and lined up in front of me as a recipient, I would do it.” He stuck it in the dirtArnold said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com. “That’s my mentality and my mum knows that now. I mean it just in simple terms like football, that’s the way I think and the way I was brought up.

Arnold is unlikely to find a Mother’s Day card that expresses that sentiment, but the Lions will likely be happy to have that kind of competitive fire on defense.

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