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Lions training camp: Notes from Saturday's practice

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

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Detroit Lions training camp continued with a padded practice on Saturday in front of a record crowd. Here are some notes from the session:


  • The right side of the first-team offensive line initially consisted of Jake Scott at guard and Jason Fox at tackle. Larry Warford began practice with the second unit, but he later got some work as the No. 1 right guard.

  • Speaking of Warford, he apparently had a "tough time" with Ndamukong Suh during the Lions' 11-on-11 drill. Honestly, I think I'd be more concerned if Suh wasn't dominating a rookie.

  • Dylan Gandy, who was the first-team right guard the last couple days, got work as the No. 2 center on Saturday.

  • Matthew Stafford was on his game on Saturday.
  • Calvin Johnson was on his game as well.
  • In case you missed it earlier, Kris Durham had another outstanding practice on Saturday.

  • This is a perfect example of why it'll be nice for the Lions to have a playmaker like Reggie Bush coming out of the backfield:
  • Here are a few offensive-centric updates on the blocking/pass rush drills the Lions went through:
  • Dave Birkett posted Vines of the wide receivers and tight ends going through drills.


  • Perhaps we shouldn't close the door on the idea of Travis Lewis being the starting left outside linebacker just yet, because he ran with the first team at that position on Saturday.

  • With three defensive ends out on Saturday, the top three players at the position were Ziggy Ansah, Ronnell Lewis and Devin Taylor.

  • Ansah and the defensive line seemingly had a really solid practice.
  • Ansah did catch some heat from Jim Schwartz for a "little extra push" he gave an offensive player after a play. It sounds like there was more chippiness than usual during Saturday's practice, but that's really just something that happens as training camp drags on.

  • According to Chris McCosky, Ndamukong Suh hosted 90 kids from Detroit public schools at practice on Saturday.

  • Suh led the way when some defensive linemen gave chase to the running backs down the field in a drill that Kyle Vanden Bosch certainly would have appreciated.

  • Nick Fairley had a funny comment about his jersey getting ripped during practice.

Special teams

  • David Akers and Havard Rugland both went 4-for-4 with a long of 50 yards on their field goals on Saturday. (Rugland apparently came quite close to missing his final attempt, though.)

  • The four punt returners on Saturday were Mike Thomas, Micheal Spurlock, Steven Miller and Patrick Edwards.

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