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Lions Training Camp: Notes From Saturday's Practice

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Detroit Lions defensive back Jonte Green (36) makes a catch during practice at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
Detroit Lions defensive back Jonte Green (36) makes a catch during practice at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions continued training camp on Saturday with another morning practice. On Sunday, the Lions will head to Ford Field for a night practice that will be followed by a concert. Here's a look at some notes from Saturday's session, which was held at their facility in Allen Park:

Offense

  • Running backs coach Sam Gash was not at practice because he is at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to watch Curtis Martin get inducted. Gash was once Martin's fullback, so he was excused from Saturday's practice to be at the Hall of Fame. Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson took over Gash's duties and coached both running backs and wide receivers on Saturday.
  • Speaking of running backs, Joique Bell had a good day, according to Jim Schwartz.
  • According to Anwar Richardson, Lance Long had a long touchdown reception against Drew Coleman.
  • Brandon Pettigrew beat Sean Jones for a long touchdown of his own, according to Tim Twentyman.
  • Riley Reiff was taking snaps as the second-team right tackle on Saturday, while Corey Hilliard was the second-team left tackle.
  • Reiff, Hilliard and Jason Fox rotated as the third offensive tackle in the Lions' goal line drill.

Defense

  • The Lions moved Nick Fairley to defensive end during a drill on Saturday, and Gunther Cunningham confirmed after practice that they will move defensive linemen around to catch opposing offenses off guard.
  • It may be tough to go up against Calvin Johnson every day, but the positive is it can make you better by facing such a talented player.
  • Alphonso Smith intercepted a tipped pass and returned it for a touchdown on Saturday.
  • Cunningham described Bill Bentley as someone who "plays like he's been there before."
  • Cunningham also chimed in on Jonte Green after Saturday's practice.
  • It sounds like Jacob Lacey had a strong practice on Saturday.
  • Amari Spievey and Erik Coleman were once again the first-team safeties with Louis Delmas still out.
  • There seemed to be some mixed opinions on Sean Jones' performance on Saturday.

Special Teams

  • Stefan Logan and Patrick Edwards returned punts for the Lions on Saturday.

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