Detroit Lions 2013 Randy Phillips UDFA Camp Stud Award Goes To…

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I instituted the Randy Phillips UDFA Camp Stud Award in 2011 to honor that UDFA rookie who, despite the odds, overachieved so epically that he had to be awarded a position on the practice squad. The "Randy" is named for Randy Phillips, a strong safety who made veteran Erik Coleman look silly during the Lions' 2010 training camp.
Phillip's performance won the favor of Lions fans, but the coaching staff decided to go with Coleman. Phillips would spend the season on the practice squad while Coleman embarrassed the team in 2010.
The idea for the Randy Award occurred to me during the 2011 Lions training camp when another relatively unknown UDFA safety made a splash in training camp and preseason games—Ricardo Silva. Like Phillips before him, all that Silva did was make splash plays, but he was destined for the practice squad.
The Randy Award was born and Silva would be the first recipient.
In 2012, the Randy race wasn't even close. Wide receiver Patrick Edwards was...

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