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Malcolm Rodriguez Performing Well During Detroit Rookie Minicamp

May 15, 2022

STILLWATER – It should come as no surprise to Oklahoma State fans to hear linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez has been one of the standouts in the Detroit Lions’ rookie minicamp this weekend.

According to a report from Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit, Lions’ linebacker coach Kelvin Sheppard didn’t have to spend much time with Rodriguez on Saturday as Malcolm picked nearly everything up from the jump, from pre-snap alignments to coverages.

While we’re just through rookie minicamp, Rodriguez has impressed head coach Dan Campbell, especially with his physique and training.

"It's Day 1 here," said Lions head coach Dan Campbell on Saturday. "I know this: He looks the part. I mean, he is in excellent shape, and he's been training. These guys have been training for the Combine – all of them – so they're not in the greatest football shape right now. But you can see he's been working, and he certainly looks the part. He seems to be pretty smart, like we thought he would be. We'll see where it goes."

“It’s a good thing if coach [Campbell] is saying that,” Rodriguez said of Campbell’s comments. “It’s just one of those things where I just buy into the studying and the playbook and I’m just out there communicating and executing the calls.”

While he obviously wants to compete for a roster spot and play on Sundays, Rodriguez understands the importance of working his way up through the rookie path of special teams.

“Definitely starting on special teams,” Rodriguez told reporters following Saturday’s practice. “Special teams is big here, so getting on special teams and working my way up in the linebacker room.”

Oklahoma State fans will get a chance to watch Malcolm learn and grow in Detroit this summer as HBO’s Hard Knocks will be following the Lions throughout Training Camp leading up to the 2022 season.

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