Camp Notebook: Herman Moore catches a TD, Broyles gets a day off and Lions prep for Jets

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Tim Twentyman breaks down Wednesday's training camp practice in Allen Park

Herman Moore caught 670 passes for 9,174 yards and 62 touchdowns over an 11-year career with the Lions from 1991 to 2001.

Wednesday, he was a visitor at Lions training camp practice and had one more catch left in him.

Head coach Jim Schwartz waved him onto the field at the end of practice and a few seconds later he caught a fade pass in the back corner of the end zone from Matthew Stafford.

"To bring me out on the field and have me go up and do the jump ball, which is what I was notoriously known for in the end zone, was exciting," said Moore in his weekly blog on "To have the players call to me, put a little pressure on me, but that wasn't something I was too nervous about."

"As you can see, he still has it," Calvin Johnson said.

The Lions have had a steady stream of former players at practice during training camp and Schwartz is a big proponent of it.

"It's always good for our guys to know who came before them," Schwartz said.

"Guys like Calvin (Johnson) and Nate (Burleson), they interact a lot with Herman and they know who he is. We have some younger guys who probably don't remember seeing him play. It's nice to know that before Calvin there was another guy down here that we could put in the red zone and get a fade if they went one-on-one with them."


Ryan Broyles sat out of practice Wednesday in what he called a "maintenance day."

Sometimes we forget he's only eight months removed from an ACL injury because he's practiced fully on a consistent basis all of training camp.

"Everybody's on a different program," Schwartz said of his second-year receiver. "He is coming back from his ACL and he's done a lot of work on it. He's had a lot more practice time this year at this time than he had last year.

"We just try to manage it. He came out and did a little bit of stretch, but he didn't do very much. We'll just take it day-by-day with him. His knee is not a concern. It's just sort of a normal process. There's no setback or anything like that."

Broyles didn't have a preseason last year because he was coming back from his first ACL injury. He said the opportunity to play this year will be advantageous.

"It'll be good getting the time in with the quarterback and going out there and being full speed and see how I feel," Broyles said.

He didn't suit up until Week 2 of the regular season last year and he didn't get into a game until Week 3.


With Broyles out, Terrence Austin got a lot of good work in the slot. Austin, who played in 18 games the last two seasons in Washington, has impressed coaches over the last couple weeks.

"Terrence has had a good camp," Schwartz said. "He's a very good slot receiver. He's made plays outside and inside. He's been in the mix in the return game. He sort of silently boomed.

"I say silently, not so much from the coaching staff or the team, but just in perception because the spotlight has been on the other guys and he sort of soundly put together a good preseason.

"He's another guy that'll be fun to watch in the preseason games."

Along with Broyles, three other players sat out Wednesday – cornerbacks Jonte Green (hamstring) and Chris Greenwood (hamstring) and safety Louis Delmas (knee), who had a scheduled day off.

Linebacker Travis Lewis returned to practice after missing the last two days.


The Lions brought out the opponent cards today and started to do a little on-the-field work preparing for Friday's preseason opener vs. the Jets at Ford Field.

"We did a few things for the Jets today, but we haven't had one meeting yet about the Jets," Schwartz said. "We're worried about this afternoon and coming out and doing the walk through.

"When it gets closer to the game, we'll talk about the game. I think it's easy to start getting ahead of yourself in training camp and sort of lose sight of the daily process that this all is. We certainly want to play well and we're going to do our very best to play well."