Lions’ Hyder isn’t resting on last season’s success
Allen Park — Kerry Hyder doesn’t want to hear he’s made it.
After scratching and clawing his way on to the Detroit Lions’ roster last season, after two years on practice squads, the former undrafted free agent went on to lead the team with eight sacks.
Given the limited resources the Lions put into the defensive end position this offseason, it’s clear Hyder is a big part of the plans for 2017, but he’d prefer to stick with the mindset that’s got him to this position.
“Nothing about this has been easy for me and I don’t plan on it to start being easy,” Hyder said. “A lot of guys are saying I accomplished this, I accomplished that, but in all honestly, I didn’t really accomplish much. I’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m going to keep working really hard.
Rookie minicamp is this week. Hyder can laugh about it now, but he attended three, including the last two years with the Lions, before cracking the team’s roster to start last season. And with Ziggy Ansah battling an ankle injury all year, and Devin Taylor falling short of expectations in his first season as a starter, Hyder ended up being on the field nearly two-thirds of the team’s defensive snaps.
His play earned him a hefty performance bonus from the league. The $264,000 check was more than half of his $450,000 base salary for the season.
And while he has no intention of going away anytime soon, Hyder did the responsible thing and put most the bonus money into his savings account for what he called “a rainy day.”
The little he did spend went toward giving him and his wife the honeymoon they never had.
“Me and my wife, we took our first vacation,” Hyder said. “After that it was right back to work.”
Hyder and wife Jasmine (Chaney), a competitive hurdler, spent five days in the Bahamas with their child.
“My offseason was her on-season. Most of time, I was at home on dad duty when she was out of the country training and competing,” Hyder said. “We don’t get a lot of time to be get away, just be with your family. That was really big for me.”
Exhibition start times revealed
The NFL announced officially announced dates and start times for the preseason schedule on Tuesday.
The Lions will open up with a rare afternoon contest, playing the Colts in Indianapolis at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. The two teams will share the practice field for a pair of joint sessions leading up to the matchup.
The Lions return home to host the Jets on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The team will stick around town with the Patriots coming to Ford Field the following Friday at 7 p.m.
Detroit closes out the exhibition slate in Buffalo on Thursday, Aug. 31 with a 7 p.m. tilt with the Bills.