The Detroit Lions closed out training camp with a high-intensity scrimmage practice. There was live tackling, special teams, situational football, and lots and lots of scoring.
Instead of going position-by-position with my observations today, I’m instead going to go drive-by-drive. The Lions played through 11 series during Saturday’s practice, and I took notes on every snap. While I’m not going into detail for every single play, I will point out the key details and final results of each possession.
So let’s get into it:
Possession 1 — First team
Drive summary: 4 plays, 20ish yards, PUNT
Noteable personnel: Amani Oruwariye and Desmond Trufant at CB. Will Harris as starting strong safety over Tracy Walker
The drive got off to a promising start with a big 20-yard gain from Marvin Jones Jr., but the drive immediately stalled from there. Kerryon Johnson could only manage 9 yards on three carries, as the Lions went run-run-run. Facing a fourth-and-1 near midfield, the Lions tried to draw the defense offsides, failed, then punted.
Possession 2 - Second team
Drive summary: 8 plays, 75ish yards, TD
After a couple of short runs from Jonathan Williams, Quintez Cephus got the team to midfield on a quick slant. He immediately got separation and got some nice YAC for a 15-yard gain.
The drive was capped off with the play of the day: A bomb to deep-play threat Marvin Hall, who had cleanly beat Tony McRae for a 40-45 yard touchdown.
Possession 3 - First team
Drive summary: 10 plays, 60ish yards, FG
Notable personnel: Jeff Okudah subs in for Oruwariye, Tracy Walker in for Harris.
More big plays from the Lions’ passing offense. First, a quick pass to Jones for 11 yards. Then a couple plays later, a 30-yard gain to Kenny Golladay.
It looked like the drive was going to stall after Jesse James dropped a pass on third-and-5, but Detroit opted to go for it. Jamal Agnew barely picked up the first down on a crossing route.
Defensively speaking, this was a huge drive from Jarrad Davis. He had a nice tackle for loss on a running play early in the drive. Then on a third-and-1, he gave the tailback nowhere to go, forcing the field goal attempt.
Possession 4 - Second team
Drive summary: 7 plays, 35 yards, FG
Notable personnel: David Blough at quarterback
Jayron Kearse started the drive by blowing up a screen play to Wes Hills, but the defensive player that stood out the most on this drive was C.J. Moore.
Moore picked off David Blough on the third play of the game, as he ran stride-for-stride with Victor Bolden. However, it was a free play, so the play didn’t count. A few plays later, he broke up a pass to Chris Lacy—though the ball was poorly thrown.
Jason Huntley made a couple nice runs on this drive (and in Drive 2), as he continued to get more reps in the absences of D’Andre Swift and Bo Scarbrough.
Possession 5 (Red Zone) - First team
Drive summary: 2 plays, 20 yards, TD (Two-point conversion successful)
After Jahlani Tavai absolutely stuffed Kerryon Johnson for no gain on first down, Stafford ended the drive quickly. He lasered a perfect back-shoulder throw to Golladay, who made the physical catch with Amani Oruwariye all over him. There was nothing Oruwariye could’ve done.
Notable personnel: Jamal Agnew at returner
Special teams reps were run almost at full speed, and Agnew made a great case for the starting kick returner here as he took the kickoff beyond midfield.
Possession 6 (Goal line)
Kerryon Johnson plowed into the end zone after a violent collision at the goal line. On the second rep, Jonathan Williams was stuffed.
Notable personnel: Marvin Hall at returner, Jack Fox at punter, Steven Wirtel at long snapper
Lined up near the punting team’s own end zone, Fox dropped a bomb that completely flipped field position. Hard to tell how far the punt went from our angle, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it would’ve totalled in 70+ yards after the bounce.
Possession 7 - Second team
Drive summary: 7 plays, 35ish yards, PUNT
Notable personnel: Chase Daniel at QB
Another couple of notable plays from Huntley: one good, one bad. On the first, he stutter-stepped on a run and showed good patience, then exploded through the left-side hole for a 15-yard gain.
Unfortunately, the other play was a drive killer. As the offense drove into the red zone, Jahlani Tavai came blitzing through the middle on third down. Huntley stepped up in protection to stop him, but was absolutely run over by Jalen Reeves-Maybin. The coaches stopped the play, deeming it a sack for Reeves-Maybin, and the team had to settle for a field goal.
Possession 8 - First team
Drive summary: 6 plays, 80ish yards, TD
Notable personnel: Tyrell Crosby at left tackle
T.J. Hockenson kicked off the drive with a 20-yard gain. The offense immediately got big runs from Kerryon Johnson (20 yards) and Ty Johnson (15 yards). Kerryon followed up with a diving catch over Tavai (15 yards). Jamal Agnew topped it off with an easy short touchdown catch on an out-route.
This was just a dominant drive from the offense, mixing their run and pass game perfectly.
Possession 9 - Second team — Red zone
Drive summary: 3 plays, 2 yards, FG
Notable personnel: David Blough at QB
A miscommunication on first down. Victor Bolden got tripped up on a third-down passing attempt. Nothing doing.
Punt return x2
Jack Fox and Arryn Siposs split punting duties during this portion of practice, but Jamal Agnew lined up as the returner both times.
Possession 10 - First team - 1:19-minute drill
Drive summary: 5 plays, 65 yards, TD
Starting at their own 35-yard line, the offense just made this drive the Kenny Golladay show. The third-year receiver kicked things off with a huge 30+ yard gain on the second play of the drive. He then picked up another 8 yards on a crossing route. Then the Pro Bowler capped it off with a sweet, one-handed grab. Justin Coleman was in coverage for those final two plays.
Also of note, Jonah Jackson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai were flagged for false starts on the same play. While they ran a lap, Kenny Wiggins and Tyrell Crosby stepped in.
Possession 11 - Second team - 1:19-minute drill
Drive summary: 8 plays, 65 yards, TD
Led by Chase Daniel, the Lions managed to find their way into the end zone largely thanks to a couple of good plays from Tom Kennedy. Daniel needled a pass to him up the seam early in the drive, then went right back to him for a 20-yard gain. It appeared Huntley scored on a draw a few plays later, but the team deemed him down at the one. After a throwaway in the general direction of Cephus, Huntley pounded it in on the next play, ending the scrimmage.