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Detroit Lions training camp 2018: 5 standouts from Saturday’s scrimmage

Kerry Hyder, among others, impress during the Lions’ first scrimmage of training camp.

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Nevin Lawson

The battle for the No. 2 cornerback position has been a huge talking point this offseason and throughout training camp, and it appears some have forgotten about Lawson with Teez Tabor and DeShawn Shead receiving some praise as of late. However, don’t forget about Lawson, who is still in the thick of it, and is trying to rebound from a disappointing season last year.

During Saturday’s scrimmage, Lawson played extremely well and was very sticky in coverage, including a play where he made a nice deflection on a pass intended for Kenny Golladay from Matthew Stafford. It appears that welcoming a new child into the family can boost performance.

DeShawn Shead

Yep, more praise for Shead. The DBs are absolutely balling out right now if you haven’t noticed from our previous observations. Shead continues to work mostly as the starting corner opposite of Darius Slay and added some more PBUs to his training camp resume. Y’all know how good Slay is, but Lawson, Shead and Teez are all having solid camps as well.

Speaking of Teez, he was targeted only twice that I saw: one resulting in a TD that wasn’t necessarily bad coverage on his part and another where he was draped over the intended target and ended up tipping the ball into the air, where Darnell Sankey would take advantage and bring the ball back for a TD.

Freddie Bishop

The pride of Western Michigan made several plays during Saturday’s scrimmage — all good. He flashes in run support, but also got some decent push as a pass rusher against the likes of Rick Wagner. I’m very intrigued to see how he performs in the preseason, especially since the Lions really could use some extra depth at linebacker, specifically when it comes to rushing the passer. Right now, Bishop is likely on the outside looking in when it comes to finalizing the roster, but I haven’t seen many mistakes from him, and a lot of what I’m seeing is positive so far.

Ameer Abdullah

Abdullah hadn’t really had that bad of a camp heading into the scrimmage, but I really believe that if he were to make the team, he was going to have to do a lot more, and he showed us a glimpse of his old self when breaking out for a nice 20+ yard run that involved breaking an ankle or two.

If Abdullah can continue to make big plays and maybe add some value as a kick returner, then I think he has a solid chance to stay with the team, but if not, I can’t see how they keep him over a guy like Zach Zenner who provides much more value on special teams.

Kerry Hyder

Coming back from an Achilles injury is very difficult in general, but especially tough for a defensive lineman that relies heavily on being explosive off of the snap. I did not have high hopes for Hyder returning back to his old self, but he had a very good day penetrating into the backfield, including a TFL on Abdullah and a sack on Rudock.

Hyder has struggled for the majority of camp so far, and at times you could see him letting out his frustration on the field, but today was definitely a step in the right direction for him.