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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 14 observations

Quiet competence: Cornerback Nevin Lawson has had an excellent training camp with little fanfare. He made another good play Thursday. Lawson knocked the ball away from Jared Abbrederis – who has also had a good camp – on a throw in the front left corner of the end zone. – Mike O'Hara

In total agreement: I don't know if I really want to admit this, but I read Mike's first observation and then looked into my notes from today's practice and saw one line I wrote that said: "Lawson having a sneaky-good camp." Mike and I are certainly spending way too much time together in training camp. – *Tim Twentyman

View photos from the final practice of Detroit Lions 2017 training camp.


Grand slam: If it had been a tennis drill, what safety Glover Quin did at the end of practice might have been 40 love. But it was a football drill, with tennis balls launched at defensive backs who catch them in a variety of positions. When Quin caught four straight a teammate yelled "Walk Off!!!" – Mike O'Hara

End game situations: The team worked on some end-of-the-game situations in practice Friday. The ball was placed at the defense's 49-yard line with 46 seconds on the clock, and the offense needing a touchdown.

Matthew Stafford threw an incomplete pass deep on his first rep in the drill on 1st down. He hit a streaking Marvin Jones Jr. down the left sideline on a perfectly thrown ball on 2nd down to set the offense up inside 10-yard line. The next play was a touchdown to tight end Darren Fells.

Jake Rudock and the second team dinked and dunked down to the 21-yard line with 4.2 seconds left, but came away empty handed when Rudock's last-second pass to Keshawn Martin in the end zone was knocked away by DJ Hayden. – Tim Twentyman

Quote of camp: It came from head coach Jim Caldwell at the end of his daily press conference. When asked about holding players back because of injuries, Caldwell talked about how they are an unfortunate part of the game but players still have to be put on the field. "They aren't pheasants under glass," he said. – Mike O'Hara

Low numbers: The Lions had only three healthy tight ends at practice Friday – Fells, Andrew Price and Robert Tonyan. Eric Ebron, Khari Lee, Michael Roberts, Cole Wick and Tim Wright are all dealing with injuries. – Tim Twentyman

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