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Lions notes: T.J. Hockenson training camp highlights

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Among allllll the camp observations out there, this seems to be the big takeaway from training camp so far.

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With training camp comes a ton of observations, notes, findings, whatever. Some reporters may focus on this, another may focus on that, but the T.J. Hockenson love is the most common.

Training camp is obviously the first real opportunity to see what a rookie can do, but the promising young tight end is still lighting up the field.

The Detroit Lions just dropped his Week 1 highlights and they are filthy.

“I want to do whatever I can to help this team,” Hockenson says in the video. “I think we all do and that’s what I’m trying to do every single day—come out here and do my best.”

The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers writes in his camp observations: “As a pass-catcher, Hockenson is exceeding high expectations. He runs routes to all depths and has showcased outstanding hands and body control. Where he continues to shine the brightest is in the red zone.”

The Athletic’s* Chris Burke writes Hockenson “was the best pass catcher over the first four days of camp, and that includes the Lions’ wide receivers.”

*eyes emoji*

Oh, and if you haven’t checked out Jeremy or Alex’s training camp observations, or Kent’s Stock Report, do so immediately.

And onto your notes.

  • A reminder that the Lions Family Fest is this Friday. The event is free and features a scrimmage around 6 p.m. Karaoke, giveaways, face painting, Lions legends and more—the event has something for everybody.

  • For those of you who don’t play Madden, this reddit user posted pictures from the game of Kenny Golladay—not bad!— and Matthew Stafford—not great.

  • MLive’s Evan Woodbery has a nice piece on cornerback Justin Coleman’s journey to the Lions. “All told, through four years of pro football, Coleman has played on teams that went a combined 45-19 in the regular season, gone to the playoffs three times and won a Super Bowl. He’s never been on a losing team.” Ope.

  • Hype videos are always fun. Here’s one from Fox Sports Detroit.