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Lions training camp: Notes from Day 5

News and notes on the offense, defense and special teams from the fifth day of Detroit Lions training camp.

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The Detroit Lions were back in pads for their practice on Day 5 of training camp. Fans were once again in attendance, as were coaches from Michigan State, who stopped by after watching the Chicago Bears practice on Monday.

Here are some notes from Tuesday's practice:



  • Travis Lewis was the No. 1 left outside linebacker on Tuesday. As of right now, it doesn't look like Lewis, Ashlee Palmer or Tahir Whitehead has pulled away in the battle for the starting spot at this position. Palmer did say on Tuesday that he feels like it's his job to lose, though.

  • The Lions' secondary in their 7-on-7 drill featured Chris Houston and Darius Slay at cornerback, Bill Bentley at nickelback and Glover Quin and Louis Delmas at safety.

  • Speaking of the secondary, Matthew Stafford is very impressed with what he's seen out of the defensive backs so far in training camp.

  • It doesn't sound like Israel Idonije did very well in one of the drills on Tuesday.
  • Per Chris McCosky, Gunther Cunningham gave a "verbal lashing" to the Lions' second-team defense on Tuesday.

  • I'll take Ndamukong Suh in this battle:
  • Former Lions defensive end Bubba Baker was at practice on Tuesday, and he had some great things to say about Suh and the D-line.

Special teams

  • David Akers and Havard Rugland were both perfect on field goals on Tuesday. According to Josh Katzenstein, Akers went 2-for-2 and had a long of 48, while Rugland went 3-for-3 with a long of 50.

  • McCosky thinks Cory Greenwood could make the 53-man roster for his play on special teams.
  • Sam Martin is enjoying his time in training camp.

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