With practice being closed off to the public due to weather, the media had full reign of the Detroit Lions' first day of training camp practice. Here is a sampling of their observations.
- Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara broke down what they saw from Lions camp. Most notably, Theo Riddick was back to making linebackers' lives hell and Haloti Ngata was looking full-strength.
- MLive's Kyle Meinke shared his thoughts from Friday, including an update on #LongSnapperWatch2016 and Eric Ebron taking a shot at Pro Football Focus.
- Speaking of shots at PFF, DetroitLions.com's Tori Petry interviewed Gordon McGuinness, a representative from PFF who attended camp on Friday. Petry asked McGuinness about leaving Ezekiel Ansah off their top 101 players of 2015 list. When McGuinness used the "unblocked sacks" excuse, Petry fired this shot across his bow (playfully):
"So you're telling me he's got to get blocked more this season in order to get more points with you guys?"Tori Petry is a hero.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press confidently believes the only way Taylor Decker doesn't start at left tackle in Week 1 is "if he's injured."
- Michael Rothstein of ESPN believes the Lions receivers are way ahead of the cornerbacks and gushes over Anquan Boldin in his recap of Day 1.
- Justin Rogers, at his new home with The Detroit News, posted his annual camp notes. He gave credit to defensive lineman Kerry Hyder and Isaiah Johnson for their play to open camp.
- Perhaps my favorite recap of the day came from Scout.com's Mike Mady. Mady made an astute observation regarding Boldin and his new teammate Eric Ebron:
- The addition of Anquan Boldin could create an interesting combination with Ebron as it enables the tight end to move outside a bit while creating blocking mismatches against nickel defenses.
- I asked Boldin about exactly that today and he said, "I hope so, I watched film on (Ebron), he's still young but he has a huge upside. I definitely feel like we can present mismatches inside whether it's a linebacker, slot nickel or safety... hopefully we'll be able to create those mismatches."
- If video is more of your thing, here are the official highlights from Day 1, as well as a 100-photo slideshow.