TIM AND MIKE: OTA Week 1 observations

T.D. Hockenson: His name is really T.J. Hockenson, but the rookie tight end made two catches for touchdowns. First was a tumbling catch in the middle of the end zone. Next was a sliding sideline catch in the front corner of the end zone on a pass Matthew Stafford threw while rolling out to his right. –Mike O’Hara

Alignment upfront: Last year’s first-round pick, Frank Ragnow, has moved to center to begin OTAs. Graham Glasgow has shifted over to right guard and Kenny Wiggins played left guard with the first-team unit during Tuesday’s open OTA practice. Taylor Decker played left tackle and Rick Wagner was the right tackle. I’d expect players to move around and plug in and out of the lineup in the spring, but that’s how things looked in the first open portion Tuesday. – Tim Twentyman

Sizing up: GM Bob Quinn said after the draft that the Lions want big, thick linebackers for head coach Matt Patricia’s defensive scheme, and it was apparent that second-round pick Jahlani Tavai of Hawaii fits the preferred profile at 6-2, 250. He also showed quickness on a pass rush when he was lined over the left tackle. – Mike O’Hara

Speeding up: Sixth-round pick Ty Johnson joins a crowded Detroit backfield. He has a lot of work ahead of him, but one thing going for him right out of the gate is his blazing speed. That was on display in a team period Tuesday. He took a handoff and got the edge. It didn’t take him long to get from the line of scrimmage to the end zone. – Tim Twentyman

On the run: It was business as usual when players ran after practice and during drills for making mistakes – as was the case early in practice when two players ran sprints after false starts on offense. That was unlike Patricia’s first season as head coach. It caused a commotion when players ran sprints during and after practice. – Mike O’Hara

Two in a row: The Lions released a video from Monday’s first OTA practice that showed third-year cornerback Teez Tabor making an interception. Make it two days in a row for Tabor. He stepped in front of a Stafford pass in a goal-line passing drill and returned it all the way down the field for a touchdown. Tabor was the starting outside cornerback opposite Rashaan Melvin with the first team in the absence of Darius Slay. – Tim Twentyman

Sitting out: There were a number of players working off to the side with trainers and not taking part in the team portions of practice. Those names included: Defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Justin Coleman, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., fullback Nick Bawden, defensive end Austin Bryant, safety David Jones and tight end Isaac Nauta. Also, Lions head coach Matt Patricia confirmed that Slay and defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. have not taken part in the voluntary OTAs up to this point. – Tim Twentyman

Advancements in technology: Golladay and Jones might not have been taking part in practice, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t trying to soak in Darrell Bevell’s new offense. During a special teams period, Golladay, Jones and wide receivers coach Robert Price were gathered in front of a large outdoor screen that was connected to a tablet, and the three were going over plays. Advancements in technology are great. – Tim Twentyman

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