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Lions training camp notes: Alex Carter's struggles continue

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Theo Riddick returned in a limited capacity, while Alex Carter continued his struggles.

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  • As mentioned in our recap Wednesday night, Theo Riddick returned to practice. However, he wasn't a full participant. As Tim Twentyman pointed out, Riddick sat for a portion of practice: 

    He looked like himself in the individual portion of practice. He didn’t participate in any team drills, which is normal for a player in his first practice back from coming off injury.

  • Kyle Meinke of MLive.com has been really impressed with the Lions' defensive tackles in practice

    Detroit might have some real depth at that position, with Haloti Ngata and especially Tyrunn Walker looking filthy on the top line, plus guys like Thornton and Charles winning consistently behind them. For as much as Caraun Reid has improved over the past year or two, he better be careful. There's a ton of competition right now -- and that's not even including A'Shawn Robinson, the prized second-rounder. This could very well be Detroit's deepest position group.

  • Speaking of which, Graham Glasgow was getting burned by Stefan Charles in one-on-one drills. It's still early, but that's not a promising sign for the third-round rookie. 

  • Tim Twentyman was impressed again by Anquan Boldin on Wednesday night, but pointed out a moment in which Boldin and Matthew Stafford weren't on the same page. However, they've only been teammates for a week now. No reason to worry. 

  • Just about every beat writer noticed Alex Carter struggling on Wednesday, which is nothing new in camp so far. He was reportedly bested by wide receiver Damian Copeland, who was added back to the roster earlier in the day. 

  • Rothstein was also impressed with the way Stafford controlled the first-team offense. "He has comfort and command of the Detroit Lions offense," Rothstein said in his camp observations piece Wednesday night.

  • Both Rothstein and Dave Birkett noticed the offensive line having a much better practice on Wednesday. Previously, the Lions offensive line had been getting beat up by the defense, both in individual drills and team drills. 

  • The first responders in attendance seemed genuinely pleased by the gesture from the Lions and Matthew Stafford: