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TWENTYMAN: OTA Week 2 observations

Rookie playmaker: Cornerback Terrion Arnold made short work of a situational drill for the offense when he picked off a Jared Goff pass intended for wide receiver Jameson Williams along the left sideline on the first play where the offense was starting at their own 47-yard line in a 14-14 game with one minute and 26 seconds left on the clock. Arnold made a great break on a comeback route from Williams and made a terrific catch. Goff made his way over to Arnold on the sideline to congratulate him and give him a high five. Arnold has looked good over the first two open OTA practices.

Participation report: The list of players not taking part in Thursday's open OTA practice included big names like left tackle Taylor Decker, center Frank Ragnow, guard Kevin Zeitler, running back Jahmyr Gibbs, defensive lineman DJ Reader, outside linebacker Marcus Davenport, cornerback Carlton Davis III, linebacker Alex Anzalone, defensive back Brian Branch and safety Kerby Joseph. The team's mandatory minicamp takes place next week.

Tempers flare: There were a couple minor skirmishes between offensive and defensive linemen in the first 11-on-11 team period. After the second one, head coach Dan Campbell stopped practice and brought everyone in to have a little talk. No more shenanigans followed. Defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson was asked about it after practice and he said it's part of 'changing the mindset' on defense.

Up & down day: Second-year quarterback Hendon Hooker is getting more and more comfortable in coordinator Ben Johnson's offense. Campbell said before Thursday's practice that Wednesday was a great day for Hooker.

I thought Thursday was up and down for him. He missed a couple throws over the middle he'll like back when he sees them on tape, but he also showed terrific touch on a sideline pass to running back Jake Funk and hit a tight window throw to wide receiver Daurice Fountain over the middle for a completion. Hooker ran a nice situational period putting the offense in field goal range after starting from his own 37 with one minute and 19 seconds on the clock. Hooker has received all the second-team reps in the two open OTA practices so far.

Goff to Jamo: Williams is expected to have a much bigger role this year as the No. 2 receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown. Goff and Williams hooked up early in practice during a 7-on-7 period deep down the right sideline for a touchdown. Williams showed off that terrific speed beating cornerback Kindle Vildor and making a nice over-the-shoulder catch. It earned a fist bump from Goff after Williams crossed the goal line. The two later connected on a 29-yard pass in a situational team period that helped set up a field goal.

Speaking of St. Brown: He looks to be in midseason form, which is to be expected given his work ethic and consistency over the last three seasons. He was all over the field catching passes from Goff Thursday. Expect a monster season from St. Brown with another year in Johnson's offense.

View photos from Day 4 of Detroit Lions OTA practice on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 in Allen Park, Mich.

No time, no problem: Goff and the first-team offense were put in a really tough situation by Campbell where they had to start at their own 30-yard line with just 24 seconds on the clock. It ended up being no problem for Goff and company. He connected with St. Brown for a 7-yard gain and St. Brown was able to get out of bounds to stop the clock. Goff then made made a great throw over the middle to Williams for 29 yards down to the 34-yard line that set up a 52-yard field goal attempt that Michael Badgley missed wide right and James Turner made.

Kicking competition: It was a rough day for Badgley overall as he missed both of his field goal attempts in team periods. He was short from 54 yards and wide right from 52. During OTAs they give both kickers a chance from the same distance in situational periods. Turner made both kicks from 54 and 52 yards.

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