TIM AND MIKE: Ford Field practice observations

Cool start: The Lions started their scrimmage at Ford Field Friday night by having Calder Hodge, a double amputee and huge Matthew Stafford fan from Texas, take the first rep at quarterback. Hodge, who wants to be the first double amputee quarterback in the NFL, threw a nice ball to the corner of the end zone. Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. went up and got it for the touchdown. – Tim Twentyman

Stafford to Jones: After catching the opening touchdown from Hodge, Jones caught another one from a more familiar passer, Stafford, on the second series for the first-team offense. The offense started at the one-yard line and got a 31-yard run by running back Kerryon Johnson and 23-yard catches from tight end T.J. Hockenson and wide receiver Kenny Golladay. That set up a Stafford to Jones touchdown from five yards out – Tim Twentyman

One vs. Two: A matchup in the second half put the Lions’ top two draft picks in a one-on-one battle. Hockenson, the first-round pick, lined up on the left side. Directly over him was linebacker Jahlani Tavai, a second-round pick. They got a standoff on a running play away from them on the right side. They weren’t involved in the play, but it was a good battle to watch. – Mike O’Hara

Defensive effort: The scrimmage was offense vs. defense with the offense getting points for touchdowns, field goals and successful point after attempts, and the defense getting points for third-down stops, red-zone stops and turnovers. Stafford played just two series, and the defense came back late to win the scrimmage 30-20 on late interceptions by safeties Andrew Adams and Quandre Diggs off quarterback Tom Savage. – Tim Twentyman

Nauta, reaction time: Rookie tight end Isaac Nauta showed some veteran skills and awareness on a 28-yard TD catch. Nauta said he knew immediately that he’d have single coverage on safety Miles Killebrew, which made him the primary receiver on the play. Nauta had to react to the ball, but he was able to grab it away from Killebrew and hang on as both players tumbled into the end zone. – Mike O’Hara

Participation report: Not taking part in Friday’s scrimmage were: Defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr., defensive end Trey Flowers, defensive tackle Mike Daniels, cornerback Darius Slay, linebacker Davon Kennard, linebacker Christian Jones, cornerback Teez Tabor, cornerback Marcus Cooper Sr., linebacker Malik Carney, defensive end Jonathan Wynn, defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, defensive end Austin Bryant, linebacker Steve Longa and wide receiver TommyLee Lewis – Tim Twentyman

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