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Training Camp Notes: 8/10, 8/11, 8/12, 8/13

Since the preseason opener, I haven't posted any notes from training camp, so it's time to catch up.  As usual, there aren't any breaking developments, but rather a few interesting notes.  Here's the latest.

  • The offensive fire power was definitely present in the Lions' first game of the preseason against Cincinnati.  In the entire game, Detroit had 11 plays that went for 20+ yards, which is actually more than double than any other team last week.  Also, QB J.T. O'Sullivan 5 passes that went for 20+ yards, which definitely shows the Mike Martz offense likes to move down the field in big chunks, even if it is only the preseason.

  • Detroit has been able to practice outside recently due to the nice weather in Allen Park. And today especially was nice for Rod Marinelli.

  •'s Pat Kirwan was at a Lions practice and likes the offense quite a bit.
    "After watching their three- and four-wideout packages with Roy Williams, Calvin Johnson, Mike Furrey and Shaun McDonald, the one thing that looked clear to me is (Jon) Kitna is on his way to a 5,000-yard season. Keep in mind the team will be playing from behind many times this season, he already surpassed 4,000 yards (without Calvin Johnson on the field), and when Johnson and Williams are working the sideline routes on opposite sides of the field, Kitna will be working on a field that virtually could be 60 yards wide."

  • Kevin Jones is using some strange methods to get healthy enough to play again.

  • The Lions will likely see Derek Anderson lining up as the starter for the Browns on Saturday for the second game of the preseason.