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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 4 observations

Storm symbol: It was a coincidence, but it seemed appropriate that rookie offensive lineman Storm Norton was at left tackle in one of the first series after a thunderstorm forced the team to finish practice on the indoor field. – Mike O'Hara

Kickoff return: We've talked some about who is in the mix for punt return duties. For the first time in camp the Lions worked a lot on kickoff return and coverage. Jamal Agnew, Dwayne Washington, Jared Abbrederis, Keshawn Martin and TJ Jones were back returning kicks Wednesday. – *Tim Twentyman

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


Jace space: Jace Billingsley had a good three-play sequence in a one-on-one drill. He caught two passes in the end zone and forced an interference penalty in the end zone on the third. Billingsley was on the practice squad most of last year and is in tight competition to make the roster as a slot receiver. – Mike O'Hara

Oh, that spin move: Second-year defensive end Anthony Zettel put a sick inside spin move on left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio in a one-on-one pass drill that gave him a clear path the quarterback. Zettel is a name to keep an eye on. He's getting an opportunity to play with some of the injuries on the edge of the defensive line, and he's making the most of it early in camp. – Tim Twentyman

Rookie report: His instincts and ability to get to the ball are just two reasons the Lions drafted linebacker Jarrad Davis in the first round. He showed that on a run play, reacting to close the gap on the interior that forced the back to change direction and get hung up in the backfield. – Mike O'Hara

Quick hands: Defensive backs/safeties coach Alan Williams had his safeties catch tennis balls as he fired them with a tennis ball serving machine. He was trying to get his players to concentrate on catching something small and using their fingers to catch it and not palms. Charles Washington and Alex Carter stayed after to do some work with the machine on their own. In a funny moment, Washington turned the MPH up on an unsuspecting Carter, who had a good laugh about it. – Tim Twentyman

Play of the day: Actually, it was two TD catches by Golden Tate in a three-play sequence in a passing drill that stood out. He caught the first one in the right corner of the end zone, then switched sides to make the second catch in the front left corner of the end zone. – Mike O'Hara

The Tate sequence was good, but I chose an interception by Quandre Diggs covering Tate a little later in the same red-zone team period. Tate tried running a post from the right slot, but was blanketed by Diggs the whole way. Diggs got his hand on the pass from Matthew Stafford, and the ball popped up in the air and was snagged by Diggs for the INT. – Tim Twentyman

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