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Monday open thread: Who has been the biggest surprise at Detroit Lions training camp thus far?

Which player outperformed expectations in Week 1 of Lions camp?

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Just like that, Week 1 of Detroit Lions training camp is in the rear-view mirror. Though the team has only completed one padded practice thus far, they’re onto Week 2, and before you know it, they’ll be in Oakland next week joint practicing with the Raiders in preparation for their August 10 preseason opener.

So let’s take a moment to reflect on the Lions’ first three practices of training camp. While it’s unlikely you’ve been to all three practices thus far, if you’re like me in previous years, you’ve consumed just about every “camp observations” post you could get your hands on.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Who is the biggest surprise at Lions training camp thus far?

My answer: Without a doubt, it’s DeShawn Shead. Shead wasn’t really even on my radar for the No. 2 cornerback position. I figured he would be utilized as depth for the nickel corner job or maybe even a little at strong safety.

But Shead has not only started training camp as the starting outside corner opposite Darius Slay, he’s played fairly well. Though Marvin Jones Jr. has gotten the best of him more often than not, Shead has been in a pretty good position to make a play on the ball.

It will be interesting to see if Shead holds onto the spot for the entire preseason, or if Nevin Lawson reclaims his role or if Teez Tabor can climb his way into a starting role. But as I’ve seen it through three days of practice, Shead doesn’t look like he’s going to cede that position without a fight.

Your turn.

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