The Detroit Lions drafted T.J. Hockenson with the eighth overall pick in this year's draft. The Lions are hoping that the Iowa product can help provide a much-needed spark to the offense in 2019.

According to Jeff Risdon, an NFL writer for RealGM, Hockenson has had an impressive start to training camp. Risdon also pointed out that Hockenson has been heavily involved in the passing offense to begin camp.

Hearing those things should cause Lions fans' ears to perk up. After all, getting the offense back on track is one of the main focuses for Detroit in the upcoming season.

In Matt Patricia's first season as head coach in 2018, the Lions took a major step back on the offensive side of the ball. In 2018, Detroit was the 24th ranked offense after being 13th in 2017.

With Matthew Stafford under center, the Lions should have an effective offense. Adding more weapons around him will help Stafford return to being a great quarterback in the NFL.

Sometimes, a tight end can be a quarterback's best friend. Giving Stafford a reliable option like Hockenson could push the Lions forward on offense.

Along with Hockenson, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Kerryon Johnson figure to be the playmakers on the offense. Running the ball will be important for Detroit and it's a good thing that Hockenson is phenomenal at blocking as well.

The Lions open this year's training camp with question marks surrounding the team.

The Lions' first-round pick in Hockenson has taken the field and has impressed so far—to the delight of Lions fans.