We’ve officially crossed over the week benchmark of Detroit Lions training camp so it’s time to take a look back on some of the greater moments. While reporters aren’t allowed to really post video of camp, the Lions do a pretty good job of posting daily highlights. If you’ve got a minute, I’d highly recommend going through each of the first six practices.
- Day 1 highlights
- Day 2 highlights
- Day 3 highlights
- Day 4 highlights
- Day 5 highlights
- Day 6 highlights
But if you don’t have the time, we’ve whittled down all the highlights into the best five plays from training camp. All GIFs or videos were taken from the highlights linked above.
Note: If these GIFs appear to be stuttering, that’s actually how the clips were edited by the team. There’s nothing I can do about it.
No. 5 - Kerry Johnson’s beautiful cut-back touchdown
(From Day 3 highlights)
Toward the end of Sunday’s practice—the Lions’ first in pads—Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson saw a few goal-line carries, and he made the most of them. After a quiet start to camp, Johnson fired up the crowd by scoring back-to-back touchdowns. The one below was, by far, the most impressive run of camp up to that point:
It may not look all that impressive from replay, but the vision, patience and explosiveness are all on display here, and proves Johnson’s value all over the field. That cut, though.
4. Flea flicker to Kenny Golladay
(From Day 5)
It’s rare you’ll see many trick plays in training camp, as the team likes to keep them under wraps, and they don’t want reporters talking about them. However, every team has the flea-flicker in their playbook, and the Lions apparently had no problem showing it to the crowd and releasing it in video form.
It’s hard to tell from the highlight given, but Kenny Golladay was WIDE open. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a flea flicker work this well in the pros, but it was an easy touchdown for Golladay.
3. Marvin Jones Jr. balling out in front of his family
This year’s training camp may be sponsored by Rocket Mortgage, but it’s owned by Marvin Jones Jr. He has been absolutely dominant all camp, making highlight reel catch after highlight reel catch. On Thursday, he made a twisting, contested grab over Nevin Lawson, and Jones’ family was right there to see it.
2. Golden Tate’s crazy diving grab
If you’re at Lions camp, don’t expect to see a lot of catches made opposite Darius Slay. He is also having a phenomenal camp, and any reception made against him has had to be a contested one.
But Tate is always up to the challenge, and it took a superhuman effort to pull this one down with Slay just behind him.
1. Kerryon Johnson’s impressive downfield catch
I alluded to it on Thursday, but Johnson’s diving catch between Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Tracy Walker was the play of camp. It’s something that I personally didn’t expect from Johnson, but adds even more excitement to an already extremely hyped player this offseason.