The Detroit Lions completed their second of three consecutive practices during minicamp on Wednesday afternoon. The pads remain off, but the team is still getting important work done. Here were the highlights from Wednesday.
- A'Shawn Robinson was one of the stars from Wednesday's practice. He is already starting to get some first-team reps, according to Dave Birkett. The Lions were likely giving Haloti Ngata some rest, but it's still an accomplishment for the rookie defensive tackle.
- Robinson also showed off his impressive hands during the minicamp session. According to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, Robinson spent a significant amount of time catching balls from the Jugs machine. Head coach Jim Caldwell even talked up Robinson's overall athleticism after practice. "They’re mostly real good athletes, the guys in the league that play on the line."
- Another big star of practice was the Lions' new tackling dummy. The practice equipment is basically one large donut-shaped pad, built to reinforce solid tackling form and low pad level. Here's a look at the dummy via MLive's Justin Rogers.
- The Lions shuffled their cornerback situation a bit on Wednesday. Johnson Bademosi received a fair amount of first-team play, as did Alex Carter at the nickel position. Birkett still believes Nevin Lawson and Quandre Diggs are the favorites to win the starting gig over those two, respectively.
- Lions third-round pick Graham Glasgow is still buried two deep on the depth chart. On Wednesday, Travis Swanson and Gabe Ikard split first-team reps, while Glasgow was playing with the twos during most of practice.
- One other rookie offensive lineman is struggling to find his place on the roster. Joe Dahl has been playing guard with the second team, and tackle with the third team during practices, according to Twentyman.
- If you're a more visual learner, the Lions posted highlights and a photo gallery from Wednesday's practice.