The Detroit Lions continued training camp on Monday morning with their first practice open to the general public. 1,621 fans were in attendance for the unpadded practice, as was Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr.
Here are some notes from Monday's session:
- The Lions' first-team offensive line included Jake Scott at right guard and Jason Fox at right tackle at the beginning of practice. As mentioned earlier, Larry Warford later subbed in as the No. 1 right guard for the first time in training camp.
- Joique Bell made a pretty good play during the Lions' 7-on-7 drill:
Joique Bell with a nice one-handed catch in 7-on-7 red zone drill. Gave the crowd some high fives after scoring. #lionscamp— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 29, 2013
- Steven Miller's claim to fame so far with the Lions has been on special teams, as his best shot of making the 53-man roster is by landing the return man job. However, Justin Rogers reports that Miller "has been flashing" as a running back on the third-team offense.
- With Jason Jones out on Monday, Willie Young served as the No. 1 left defensive end, according to Tim Twentyman. Ziggy Ansah got bumped up to No. 1 right defensive end as a result.
- Dave Birkett tweeted a Vine of the Lions' defensive linemen going through a drill:
Lions defensive line drills https://t.co/0UXwrwYyVD— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 29, 2013
- Chris McCosky thinks Tahir Whitehead is playing quicker in his second career training camp.
Random observation. Tahir Whitehead reactions in space way quicker than last year. Letting his athleticism out. Not over-thinking.— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) July 29, 2013
- Stephen Tulloch made a couple bold statements on Monday. First, he said the Lions are a playoff team, and then he compared Ansah to Jevon Kearse.
LB Stephen Tulloch said Ziggy Ansah reminds him of a young Jevon Kearse. Said he was raw but a great athlete. #lionscamp— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 29, 2013
- Per Brad Galli, Jim Schwartz said that the current group of cornerbacks, when healthy, is the best he's had since becoming head coach of the Lions.
- Havard Rugland and David Akers continued their competition for the starting kicker job on Monday, and Rugland was especially impressive.