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Lions training camp: Notes from Day 2

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In this edition of Detroit Lions training camp notes: Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis, Crezdon Butler, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Brandon Copeland and much more.

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  • Based on these two tweets, it sounds like Darius Slay had an excellent practice on Tuesday, while Rashean Mathis struggled a bit. In fairness to Mathis, covering Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate is no easy task for anyone.

  • Speaking of cornerbacks, Crezdon Butler had a pretty notable interception.
  • A lot of the focus at nickel cornerback this offseason was on Quandre Diggs, Nevin Lawson and Josh Wilson, but we shouldn't forget about Isa Abdul-Quddus.
  • Let's not get anybody else injured two days into training camp, guys.
  • On a related note, this doesn't exactly sound encouraging:
  • He's officially listed as a linebacker, but lining up Brandon Copeland at defensive end could provide some interesting looks on the D-line.
  • With Haloti Ngata on the non-football injury list, the Lions have unsurprisingly had Tyrunn Walker and Caraun Reid taking first-team reps at defensive tackle. What will be interesting is to see who remains with the No. 1 defense when Ngata returns.

  • Per Dave Birkett, both NFL Network and BBC attended Tuesday's Lions practice.

  • I think Lions players are rightfully getting tired of hearing about how their defense is going to fall apart following the departure of Ndamukong Suh.