TIM AND MIKE: OTA Week 3 observations

No. 1 & No. 2: First-round pick T.J. Hockenson opened up a goal line passing period pitting the tight ends and running backs against the linebackers and safeties with a touchdown catch. On the next rep, second-round pick Jahlani Tavai got his hand on a Matthew Stafford pass intended for Jerome Cunningham. Detroit’s top two picks made their presence felt early in the drill. – Tim Twentyman

Good hands, linebackers: The Lions have stressed getting turnovers –- with marginal success last year – and making the linebacker tip drill difficult is part of that emphasis. On one play, undrafted rookie Anthony Pittman made a nice catch on a teammate’s deflection of a ball that was deliberately thrown high. On another, Jarrad Davis stretched to catch a ball that was thrown low. – Mike O’Hara

Going deep: The best catch in practice Thursday belonged to running back Kerryon Johnson. Running a route deep down the right sideline, Stafford saw him and heaved it deep toward the end zone. Johnson went up over safety Tavon Wilson to make the acrobatic catch. Johnson caught 32 passes in 10 games last season. He doesn’t get enough credit for how good he is as a pass catcher. – Tim Twentyman

Fales passes: Quarterbacks seem to fit in drills faster than players at most other positions, and that was the case with David Fales. Signed earlier this week, Thursday’s OTA was the first time media got a look at Fales. He seemed comfortable throwing the ball, with no hesitation on where to go. Obviously, there’s more to come in running the offense, but quarterbacks handle the basics quickly. – Mike O’Hara

On-field film session: The Lions have two big screens out at practice that serve as instant feedback to the players showing them the previous rep. They can also be used as kind of a portable film room. During two special teams periods, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson gathered his linemen in front of one of the screens and they went through the film of the previous team period. – Tim Twentyman

Who wants it more: The second best catch in Thursday’s practice belonged to tight end Logan Thomas. The Lions were in a team goal line period. Thomas was thrown a jump ball with safety Tracy Walker all over him. Both players went high for the ball, but the 6-foot-6 Thomas was able to just outstretch the 6-foot-1 Walker for a full extension reception and touchdown. – Tim Twentyman

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