Darius Slay vs. Antonio Brown: Round 1
Before the Detroit Lions headed to Pittsburgh, Darius Slay expressed his excitement toward facing one of the best wide receivers in the league.
Ready to get that work against @AntonioBrown84— Darius slay (@_bigplayslay23) August 8, 2016
Well, Antonio Brown didn’t waste any time in showing Slay why many consider him the best wide receiver in the league. According to several sources on the ground, Brown immediately beat Slay for a deep route during one-on-ones. Shortly thereafter, the receiver did it again, leading to some trash talk:
Brown goes over top of Slay for another TD. Slay to the ref, with a smile - 'he's giving me the shoulder everytime." then Brown comes over..— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 9, 2016
Brown goes over the Slay - "that's how it's going to be today." Slay - "Man, I hope not!"— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 9, 2016
Slay would end up following Brown all over the field during team drills and was able to rebound nicely. According to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Slay was “all over” Brown for the rest of practice.
Still, it seems like Brown won Round 1 between the two star players, and he did so without Ben Roethlisberger, who didn’t practice because of an excused absence.
Ezekiel Ansah is still good
Ziggy Ansah is a bad man. Not too many people around here who can stop him in drills— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 9, 2016
Ziggy Ansah making these tackles work— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) August 9, 2016
Anthony Zettel’s breakout party
Lions sixth-round pick Anthony Zettel has had a very quiet training camp through two weeks. Zettel isn’t expected to contribute much in his rookie year, but you’d still expect a little more buzz from the defensive end. That being said, Zettel seemed to sure make an impression among the Steelers media:
Lang holds Anthony Zettel, who has had a great practice. Lions bench yells, "thank you 87!"— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) August 9, 2016
Penn State alum Anthony Zettel of the Lions seems to be having a good practice shedding Steelers blockers— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) August 9, 2016
To be fair, the Pittsburgh beat may have been giving Zettel a little more attention since he graduated from Penn State. Still, this is promising news for a guy who has otherwise been invisible at camp.
As expected, Eric Ebron did not participate in practice on Tuesday, he is unlikely to play in Friday’s preseason game.
Reporters asked Jim Caldwell on Monday whether TJ Jones had suffered a concussion during the mock game. Caldwell refused to comment on the situation, but Jones sat out of Tuesday’s practice for a seemingly different reason:
TJ Jones still out as well. Seems to be limping.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) August 9, 2016
Additionally, Andre Caldwell sat out another practice on Tuesday. He was spotted in some sort of cast or wrap on his right hand, which is something new. Caldwell hasn’t practiced since last Friday.
Finally, the Lions suffered an injury early practice when cornerback Ian Wells was carted off with a leg injury:
Ian Wells is down grasping his knee.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) August 9, 2016
Jim Caldwell said after practice the injury doesn’t necessarily looks so good. Wells was likely a longshot to make the final roster, but no one likes to see a player lose their chance like this. Hopefully the prognosis is better than it currently looks.
Rafael Bush did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh as his wife gave birth to their daughter Tuesday morning:
She's here! Jordyn Amarie Bush7 pounds 12 ounces pic.twitter.com/HfBqE742SP— rafael bush (@rbush36) August 9, 2016
In his place, Tavon Wilson jumped in with the first-string offense. Wilson was listed as the No. 2 free safety on the Lions’ unofficial depth chart, which the team released on Monday.
Bush won’t have much time to spend with his new daughter. He already tweeted out that he’s on his way to Pittsburgh to rejoin his team.