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Lions training camp: Notes from Thursday's practice

News and notes on the offense, defense and special teams from Thursday's Detroit Lions training camp practice.

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Detroit Lions training camp got back underway on Thursday after a day off. The Lions practiced in full pads, and there were quite a few interesting tidbits from the session, so let's get right into it:


  • The rotation at right guard and right tackle saw Dylan Gandy and Jason Fox taking first-team reps on Thursday.

  • Per Josh Katzenstein, Chaz Schilens lined up with the first-team offense for at least one rep.

  • Patrick Edwards has also been getting first-team reps, mainly as one of the outside wide receivers, according to Dave Birkett.

  • Speaking of Edwards, he had a pretty great catch on Thursday. Mike Mady noted that Edwards is now a "much better route runner." It really does seem like he is in position to make the 53-man roster this year.

  • Calvin Johnson just continues to do ridiculous things on the football field.
  • The Lions' first-team offense capped off their two-minute drill with a touchdown catch by Brandon Pettigrew, who impressed NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah on Thursday.
  • Matthew Stafford's side-arm throwing style returned for at least one play on Thursday. It worked, by the way.

  • It sounds like Joique Bell had a pretty successful offseason.
  • Katzenstein thinks LaAdrian Waddle, who is a candidate for the Lions' fourth spot at offensive tackle, is looking solid in training camp.


  • With Jason Jones, Israel Idonije and Willie Young out on Thursday, Ronnell Lewis and Devin Taylor got a chance to take some first-team reps at defensive end.

  • Jim Schwartz had some praise for Taylor on Thursday.

  • Ashlee Palmer served as the Lions' first-team left outside linebacker on Thursday.

  • It's hard not to get hyped up about Ndamukong Suh.
  • Actually, it's hard not to get hyped up about the entire defense. It sounds like that unit had a really solid practice.
  • During a drill, the Lions had Suh at left defensive end and Taylor and Ziggy Ansah lined up at defensive tackle, according to Dave Birkett.

  • For a recap of the Lions' offensive line vs. defensive line drill, go here.

Special teams

  • Havard Rugland and David Akers weren't able to go perfect on their field goals on Thursday.

  • Tim Twentyman reports that the Lions had Reggie Bush, Steven Miller, Patrick Edwards and Micheal Spurlock working in a group together on punt returns.

  • Sam Martin will likely end up winning the starting punter job, and he could end up contributing on kickoffs as well.

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