During the first three days of Detroit Lions training camp, Dylan Gandy and Rodney Austin split the first-team reps at right guard. Rookie Larry Warford spent his time as the No. 2 and No. 3 right guard, depending on the rotation, and that was also initially the case on Monday.
On Day 4 of Lions training camp, Jake Scott got a shot at being the first-team right guard. Warford was once again stuck with the second-team offense at the beginning of practice. His chance to practice with the No. 1s finally came later on, though, and reviews were mixed on his first time as the No. 1 RG.
I thought Warford held his own there against Suh and others. I think those are the first reps with first team he's had. #lionscamp— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 29, 2013
Warford getting first team reps. Got beat by Suh once then bailed out by Raiola on another. Tough duty— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) July 29, 2013
With Gandy, Austin and Scott all in the mix, and with Leroy Harris expected to join the competition now that he's off the PUP list, it's far from a lock that Warford will be a starter in his rookie year. After he was drafted, the thinking was that he'd step right in as Stephen Peterman's replacement at right guard, but he's clearly going to have to earn his spot in the starting lineup.