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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 10 observations

Tight end highlights: It was a good day for the Lions' tight ends. Luke Willson had a long reception between two defenders to set up a field goal in the two-minute drill. Michael Roberts has had his ups and downs in camp, but he was mostly up. He had three catches in a short sequence of plays. One was special. He had to reach back behind his head to clutch the ball with both hands. – Mike O'Hara

Prater is good: The Lions and Raiders worked a special teams field goal period. Prater was a perfect 4-for-4, hitting field goals from 34, 39, 44 and 50 yards. Oh yeah, he was kicking through the narrow 9-foot-wide goal posts, which are half the width of a normal goal post. – Tim Twentyman

Frank talk: Rookie left guard Frank Ragnow continues to perform as though he's played left guard for a half dozen years. In the pass-protection drill, he controlled the Raiders' defensive lineman, sliding left and remaining engaged and not giving up any penetration. – Mike O'Hara

Frank talk II: Ragnow was good throughout the course of practice, but did get beat the easiest I've noticed throughout all of training camp on his first individual rep against, I think it looked like Mario Edwards Jr. (jersey was rolled up). Edwards was quick out of his stance, and beat Ragnow easily. It's the only time I've really noticed a rep like that from Ragnow in 10 practices so far – Tim Twentyman

Hands on footballs: The Lions' defense forced 32 turnovers and 19 interceptions last season, ranking fifth in the NFL in takeaways. Darius Slay, DeShawn Shead, Teez Tabor and Steve Longa all recorded interceptions in team periods vs. the Raiders' offense Tuesday. It seems that could still be a terrific asset for this defense. – Tim Twentyman

Missed connection: Something went wrong on a pass thrown over the middle by Matthew Stafford. No receiver was close to the ball. It left Raiders linebacker Emmanuel Laamur open for an uncontested interception. -- Mike O'Hara

Tempers flared: Only once in the joint practice though, when Nevin Lawson rode kick returner Dwayne Harris out of bounds in a kickoff period. Raiders linebacker Marquel Lee didn't appreciate it, and let Lawson know with some jawing. Other than that, it was a professional practice with a lot of work getting done. There was some trash talking here and there, but that's just football. – Tim Twentyman

Change for Killebrew: Being used at linebacker isn't the only change for Miles Killebrew. He also cut his hair, which used to be long. Why the change? "It's been hot in Las Vegas," he said. Of his hometown. Like that's something new? -- Mike O'Hara.

Just like old times: The two sides went full live at the end of practice on the goal line. The last rep of the period was a run up the middle to Kerryon Johnson that the refs called a touchdown. Former Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead didn't like the call. He and friend Ameer Abdullah were still discussing the play at the goal line after everyone had cleared the pile. Whitehead exclaimed after practice that the Raiders were 4-0 in that period. The refs had it 2-2. – Tim Twentyman

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