Football has returned to Allen Park as the Detroit Lions kicked off training camp Thursday. It was a slower practice, but a few players still managed to stand out on the opening day of camp.
T.J. Hockenson (TE)
The Lions’ first-round pick showed fans why he was worth a top-10 pick on Day 1. Hockenson made a few spectacular grabs in the corner of the end zone during red zone drills. He showed off his athleticism, strong hands and his ability to win the ball at the point of attack. One day of training camp does not mean too much, obviously, but Hockenson was clearly the player that caught the most eyes on Thursday.
Travis Fulgham (WR)
Detroit’s sixth-round receiver looked great in 7-on-7 drills. He used his big body to make a few impressive catches in the end zone and gave fellow rookie Amani Oruwariye a lot of trouble when they faced off in man coverage. Fulgham showed flashes of the red-zone threat that the Lions hope he can become this season, and managed to stand out in a crowded group of second and third-team receivers.
Andrew Adams (S)
The addition of Adams flew under the radar last March, as it came in the midst of a flurry of big signings made by the Lions. He made his presence known Thursday, though. Adams made the defensive play of the day when he jumped a pass by backup quarterback Tom Savage and nabbed an interception that would have been a pick-six. He also looked great in 7-on-7 drills and held his own when he was forced to play defense in the red zone.