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TWENTYMAN: OTA Day 6 observations

Posted Jun 11, 2018

Tim Twentyman shares his observations from open OTA practice.

Extra work: There never seems to be a dull moment in practice for second-year wide receiver Kenny Golladay. When he’s not in a rep, he always seems to be doing something to help make himself better. During a special teams portion of practice, he and Marvin Jones Jr. were off to the side catching tennis balls from a ball shooter machine. Later on, when the second and third teams were getting reps, Golladay pulled a team assistant aside and had him throw balls to him along the sideline as he worked on getting both feet down. When Golladay comes to practice, he uses the whole time to work.

Veteran imitation: Darius Slay isn’t a bad guy to emulate for a young player like second-year cornerback Teez Tabor. During a team drill Monday, Tabor made a great break on a pass thrown his way to the outside and was able to break it up. Tabor looked over to the receiver, Deontez Alexander, and gave him a patented Slay finger wag.

Versatility: Is there anything Quandre Diggs can’t do on the football field? We know he can play cornerback. He showed us last year he can also play safety. Monday, he joined Jamal Agnew and Ameer Abdullah returning punts during one particular special teams period. The more a player can do the better, right?

Participation report: Some of the bigger names not taking part in Monday’s voluntary OTA practice in Allen Park were safety Glover Quin, wide receiver Golden Tate, kicker Matt Prater and rookie fullback Nick Bawden.

Operating the slot: With Tate not taking part in Monday’s on-field workouts, third year receiver Jace Billingsley got some extended run with the first-team offense in the slot. Billingsley has been mostly a member of the practice squad the last two seasons, but was brought up to the active roster for two games last season.  

Left guard: The Lions have held a total of six practices open to the media in their entirety this spring and summer. In each one, first-round pick Frank Ragnow has played exclusively at left guard with veteran Graham Glasgow at center.

Catch of the day: Give it to tight end Luke Willson deep down the middle of the field during a two-minute offense period. Willson adjusted nicely to a ball thrown a little bit behind him and was able to come down with it to set the offense up nicely in the defense's territory in the drill.