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TWENTYMAN: 5 players who impressed at Lions minicamp

The Detroit Lions concluded their mandatory three-day minicamp in Allen Park this past week.

It's worth noting here that there are no padded practices in minicamp, so it's hard to evaluate the big guys up front, but with that said, let's take a look at five players who caught my eye:

1. Wide receiver Jameson Williams

Williams couldn't corral a deep touchdown pass Thursday in a team period he'll certainly want back when he watches it on film but that was one of the few plays he didn't make this week. He's looked much more comfortable in the offense this offseason and it's clear he's worked hard to incorporate the entire route tree into his repertoire.

It's also evident quarterback Jared Goff has more confidence targeting him in critical situations and in the red zone. Williams made some plays down the field, which we all expect from him, but he also had some tough catches along the sideline and in the middle of the field that shows his growth in the offense. He'll be fun to watch in camp.

2. Kicker James Turner

The rookie out of Michigan didn't miss a single kick that I saw during team periods over the three days of minicamp. It wasn't just the accuracy that was impressive but the strength in his legs as well. There was one 55-yard kick on Thursday he booted right through the center of the uprights and about 10 to 15 yards beyond the crossbar.

It's going to be fun to see how that competition between him and Michael Badgley works itself out throughout the course of training camp. Badgley was very steady at the end of last year and in the playoffs. There's comfort in that, but Turner might have some huge upside with a big leg.

3. Linebacker Jack Campbell

For me, Campbell is a top candidate to be the most improved player on the roster of players who were here last year. The kid is all about ball, and I can tell the game has started to slow down for him after his rookie year and an offseason where he could focus solely on football and his body.

The one area where he looks the most improved is in pass defense. Teams completed 80 percent of the passes they targeted Campbell on last season with a couple scores. He had a terrific red zone interception off Goff on Tuesday and finished the week with a couple interceptions.

4. Cornerback Amik Robertson

Robertson and Carlton Davis III are the new veteran additions to the secondary and I thought both were impressive this week. Just wait until the pads come on and people see how physical Davis is.

With Robertson, he just seems to have a knack for the football. He defended at least one pass every minicamp practice and there were a couple practices he got multiple hands on footballs, knocking them away from receivers. He competes really hard and can play both in the slot and outside. He'll find his way onto the field more often than not with the ball skills he keeps showing.

View photos from Day 3 of Detroit Lions minicamp on Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Allen Park, Mich.

5. Wide receiver Kalif Raymond

Raymond enters his fourth season with the Lions and he's very much a glue piece on this roster. He's caught 130 passes for 1,683 yards and five touchdowns over the last three seasons and has been one of the league's best punt returners over that stretch as well.

He made critical touchdown catches for both the first and second-team offenses this week and just seems to find a way to make a play anytime his number is called. With Josh Reynolds no longer with the team, the Lions need a third receiver to step up and it wouldn't surprise me if Raymond is that person.

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