- Given what has happened to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos, this is probably the most important news from the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp:
Jim Caldwell said the #Lions had no significant injuries during rookie minicamp.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) May 10, 2015
- The Lions had Laken Tomlinson practicing at left guard during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media. I suppose he could have been moved over to the right side at other points in practice, but it sounds like he will in fact just step into the left guard spot going forward.
- Despite spending four years at right guard at Duke, Tomlinson doesn't sound overly concerned with transitioning to the left side in the NFL.
Tomlinson said he worked about 50% of his time at the Senior Bowl at left guard, doesn't see it as a big transition.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 8, 2015
Ameer Abdullah got a chance to return punts during the minicamp. At least on Friday, kick returns were a different story, but that may have been because the Lions simply didn't spend much time practicing kickoffs.
- This is definitely a good mindset to have:
Abdullah on the culture of the Lions team: "When you're here, come to work." Don't just try to get through the day.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 8, 2015
Abdullah asked if the Lions are putting an emphasis on run game: "I feel like there's an emphasis to win here."— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 8, 2015
- What did Tomlinson and Abdullah set out to accomplish during this minicamp? Here's what they had to say:
Tomlinson says he's trying to impress coaches by showing them how easily he "downloads" playcalls and information.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) May 8, 2015
Abdullah said the biggest thing he wants to show coaches over the weekend is that he can adapt.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 8, 2015
- Here are two observations on Gabe Wright:
Spent a lot of time watching DL coach Kris Kocurek work with Wright at minicamp. Seems like they're really working his pad level and bend.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) May 9, 2015
Among the things that stood out in 20 mins of individual drills: DT Gabe Wright is quick off the ball and has good movement skills.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 9, 2015
- Here's how the Lions used their two cornerback draft picks during the minicamp:
CB Alex Carter has been playing mostly on the outside the first 2 days of rookie minicamp. Quandre Diggs splitting time in slot & outside.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 9, 2015
- Caldwell seems impressed with undrafted running back Zach Zenner and undrafted safety Isaiah Johnson.
#Lions Jim Caldwell said RB Zach Zenner (UDFA) is productive, smart and willing.— Paula Pasche (@paulapasche) May 8, 2015
Caldwell said S Isaiah Johnson has goods size and range and showed that this weekend.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 10, 2015
- Speaking of Johnson, he's looking forward to getting to work with Glover Quin.
Lions rookie S Isaiah Johnson said first veteran he wants to meet tomorrow is Glover Quin. "He's the big man on campus."— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) May 10, 2015
Lions notes: Wrapping up Detroit's rookie minicamp
Lions notes looks at Laken Tomlinson, Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner and various other tidbits from the team's rookie minicamp.
By Sean Yuille