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Lions notes: Wrapping up this week's OTAs

Lions notes looks at various tidbits from this week's set of OTA practices.

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  • Martha Ford was in attendance for the Detroit Lions' OTA on Wednesday, which was the only practice open to the media this week.

  • According to ESPN, Quandre Diggs "was consistently with the first unit as the nickelback" on Wednesday. With Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson still limited, Diggs has a really good chance to make an early statement that he should be the full-time nickelback going forward.

  • Speaking of young players practicing with the first-team defense, Caraun Reid "got most of the work" next to Haloti Ngata, according to MLive. Reid also drew quite a bit of praise from Jim Caldwell and Teryl Austin.

  • James Ihedigbo spoke to the media about not attending the Lions' earlier offseason workouts and why he returned for OTAs.

  • This is a new one: According to The Oakland Press, Kellen Moore explained that the barefoot running is a "Joe Lombardi thing." Alrighty then.

  • This is interesting: I can't see Anthony Boone beating out Kellen Moore or Dan Orlovsky for a roster spot, but this at least indicates that the Lions want to see what they have in Boone. If nothing else, perhaps that makes him an actual candidate for the practice squad.

  • The recently signed Corey Wootton has experience playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. Where will he line up for the Lions? This seems like a pretty good indicator of their plans for him:
  • After practicing this week for the first time since tearing his ACL last season, Stephen Tulloch made this declaration:
  • Even when Tulloch wasn't able to play, he continued to be a big-time leader off the field.
  • The Lions had an interesting group of visitors at their practice on Thursday:
  • This kind of news is a good reminder that the most important thing about OTAs is to just get through them without any major injuries.
  • Finally, here are some Vines from the Lions' OTAs:

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