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A look at Jim Caldwell's comments from the second day of the Detroit Lions' mandatory minicamp.

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Below is a recap of what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell had to say on Day 2 of his team's mandatory minicamp. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)

Opening statement: "Our practice today was I think spirited. The guys competed well. It went along rather quickly. I think we were efficient today. We continue to get a little bit better. It doesn't mean we're perfect at this time, but I think the guys are doing the things that they need to do. It's a competitive situation at a number of positions, so it's a great challenge I think for everyone. We've got one more tomorrow that we'll finish it up, but the rookies will keep going next week. Not in terms of practice, but they have other things to do. Obviously, the rest of the guys won't be back for a little while."

On the most important thing to accomplish in mini-camp: "The big thing is, I think what you get out of it - Obviously, we play a contact sport. We don't have any contact out there at this point in time, so that's where these guys make their money. But we can learn quite a bit about them in terms of situational football, technique and fundamentals that don't require the physical contact. Just in terms of learning the system schematically, getting a good feel for it, see whether a guy systemically can learn, develop, teaching, I think are very, very important parts of it right now, that aspect of it. Our kicking game also. So, there are a lot of things we can work on, peripheral things that we can do without hitting and that's the most important thing. Can they think on their feet? Can they adjust to situations? The skills, pattern stuff, routes and things of that nature I think are all in place, but, you know, we don't have any bump and run. It's still a physical game and you don't know a whole lot about some guys until you get those pads on."

On RB Joique Bell's mentorship role with RB Ameer Abdullah: "I think you'll see that happen amongst our guys all across the board. There's a great synergy I think between the young guys and the old guys. I think the older guys that have been here, the veterans, understand the importance of young guys coming, fitting in quickly and being in position to help us, particularly when they have talent. So, I think a lot of guys you'll see, Rashean Mathis, for example, with (Darius) Slay. You see the guys talking and working on techniques even behind the huddle, so you're seeing the same thing obviously with Joique and Ameer. I think across the board that's extremely important. You see it in our interior line with Laken (Tomlinson), obviously, and Larry (Warford) and those guys and Manny (Ramirez). If you're going to have a good football team, that has to be in place. You have to be able to have a transfer of information that comes not only from the coaches, but also from the players to the younger players."

On what WR Corey Fuller can gain from learning in an experienced wide receiver room: "I think it becomes a function of the little nuances that they learn - Body position, how to affect the defender that's covering them, soft spots in zones. Once you get the system in place where you understand what's being called, you don't have to think about that, you can start to develop your game a little bit more. I think that's the area that they help Corey with. He's developing now into the point where he's got a real good feel, I think, for spatial awareness and you're starting to see that come through, in zone and man-to-man."

On QB Matthew Stafford's accuracy throughout mini-camp so far: "That's the way it's supposed to be. I mean, what I say to them most often is, ‘This is professional football.' You don't see the ball on the ground a whole lot, whether a guy's running with the ball and tumbling or fumbled snaps or missed passes or tipped balls and things of that nature. It just shouldn't happen very often. I think when you start to see that, you're starting to see a little bit more efficiency and like I said, we really can't tell a whole lot because sometimes guys are catching balls where ordinarily they'd be getting hit at that time. But I do think there's improvement in that area. He's improved, he has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement."

On if he has a target completion percentage for Stafford: "We do. An improvement from where he was last year. Get a little bit better."

On K Matt Prater's request to have more narrow goal posts at practice: "Well, I think they're challenging, obviously, because of the fact that if they get accustomed to kicking on those, they certainly can kick on the wider brands that they typically face during our game day activities. He wanted those because of the fact that he was accustomed to doing it. It was something that he uses to focus in on and narrow his scope and I think you can see that it does indeed help him."

On TE Joseph Fauria returning to practice: "He's coming along. He's running a little bit more. They've been sort of increasing his activity on a daily basis. Hopefully, he'll be full-go by the time we get back."

On how much the offense missed Fauria last season: "He has a unique skill set. When you're not able to utilize everything that's available to you, you know, obviously you have to find other ways to do it. So, he brings to the table a little something that you can't teach. He has height and he can position himself, particularly in the red zone, extremely well."

On the progression of DE Devin Taylor: "One of the things that jumps out at you is the fact that he has an unbelievable amount of talent. His skill level is unusual. He's got speed, he's got length. He's a guy who is tough and I think with him he was a bit of a young player. But I think now you're starting to see some of these guys develop. He's one of those guys. He's developing, he's coming along. You see him a little bit more active out there during the course of our practices. He's got to come along for us. I mean, he's a very, very important part of what we do and we are expecting to see him develop by leaps and bounds."

On if Taylor's size makes him versatile: "Sure, there's a lot of things that he can do. He can do a lot of different things. You can move him a lot of different spots. He's pretty versatile."

On his philosophy on moving on from tough losses: "We get accustomed to it week after week. I mean, you'll have a setback one week and the next week you've got to get that thing out of your mind and move on. That game, that last game of the year is so far back in our rear view mirror, we don't even talk about it. We're focused in on what's ahead. Besides that, the thing about this league is your team changes about 35-percent, so a lot of these guys don't even know what you're talking about, you know? They have no idea. They weren't in the game, they weren't involved in it. So, what we do is we focus in on the things that are ahead of us, the things that we can do something about and not some things that we can't control."

On how he prevents tough losses from sticking in players' minds: "We've been in a lot of big games. We've been in a lot of games where we've been behind. We've been in games where we've been ahead. We've been behind by 21 points. I don't think these guys have to get any sort of lecture about what it's like to be down and fight your way back or what it's like to hang on to a lead and finish it off. So, they've done it and demonstrated it many times. Now, the fact of the matter is this team's brand new that we have, so they have to prove themselves all over again, right? So, we talk about the basic things that we generally talk about in terms of preparation for the ball game ahead of us, without necessarily having to relive something that happened months and months ago."

On when he discovered the idea of playing music at practice: "Probably eons ago, but it necessarily wasn't music, but it was crowd noise. I mean, everybody used it. I can't tell you the first time that we had it. I remember it used to be the old rugby sound of rugby ball games with just a lot of really annoying sort of noise that it not only distracted the players, but the coaches too sometimes. But nowadays, you use music, it's loud, makes it tough for them to hear. Sometimes it adds something to the practice, so it's nothing new. It's just a different type of crowd noise that we're utilizing."

On some NFL teams using drones to film practice: "You know, we use our ladder cam which we've been using for a long time and we think that will suffice right now. We looked at it when we first came and we talked about it when it became in vogue. Some of the seven-on-seven passing teams were using it across the country and some of the soccer teams were using it, lacrosse teams and all that. So, a lot of different versions of it, but we don't feel that it's something that we need at this particular point in time."

On G Laken Tomlinson taking reps at right guard today: "The thing about those guys on the interior, they have to be able to play a lot of different spots. You've got to be able to play center, guard. Most of the times you go into a ball game and you need a guy that has some flexibility because you're only going with a limited number of offensive linemen."

On how Lions Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano has fit in so far: "He fits in well with me because I'm an old-school coach. About the same vintage, you know? Joe fits in well. Joe's been around. Joe's a very experienced guy. He's coached at all levels and has done a tremendous job with the guys that he's worked with. Anytime that you have the kind of experience he has, there's not too many things that he hasn't seen. He knows how to get the most out of the players. He's pretty direct and straight-forward. There's not a whole lot of deception to his style and I think he resonates well with the players."

On WR TJ Jones' development: "I know if you've had an opportunity to talk with him you will see he doesn't lack confidence. He's a smart guy, believes in himself. He's a hard worker. The only thing that set him back was the fact that he was injured. He couldn't participate and his injury took quite a while. But he's catching the ball well, he's running well. He's got his weight back now. He was down to about 170-some-odd pounds. He's back to 190 or so now, so there's a lot of things that I think he's doing extremely well. He feels good about where he is. He's had an opportunity to go out and apply the system and I think you see he shows up every single day doing something that catches your eye. We're pleased with his progress thus far."