The Detroit Lions wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp with a morning practice on Thursday. Below is a recap of various tidbits from the practice.
- Jim Schwartz said on Thursday that Matthew Stafford and Joique Bell were the two players who spent the most time at the Lions' facility this offseason, according to Josh Katzenstein.
- Tahir Whitehead took his turn with the first-team defense at outside linebacker on Thursday. As noted by Tim Twentyman, Whitehead, Travis Lewis and Ashlee Palmer all got first-team reps this week.
- With Chris Houston not taking part in the team drills on Thursday, Bill Bentley got a chance to run with the No. 1 defense, according to Chris McCosky.
- At safety, Amari Spievey was with the second-team defense and Ricardo Silva was with the third-teamers, according to Dave Birkett.
- Michael Williams got some time with the first-team offense at tight end on Thursday, according to Justin Rogers.
- If Louis Delmas misses time again this year because of injuries, the Lions will be prepared to replace him, likely with Don Carey.
#Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the team is prepared to play 16 games with or without safety Louis Delmas this season.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) June 13, 2013
- Sam Martin continued to impress on Thursday.
Lions rookie punter Sam Martin was wowing teammates today, nailing two 70-yarders. Slightly wind-aided but impressive— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) June 13, 2013
- Havard Rugland also continued to impress on Thursday, as he had "another perfect field goal session," according to Rogers.
- Darius Slay said on Thursday that getting to go up against Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson in practice has already made him a better player.
- Balaal Hollings, a high school senior who was shot in the head in April, spoke to the Lions as they wrapped up their practice on Thursday.