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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 5 observations

Coaches eye: One drill head coach Matt Patricia has consistently made it down to and been an active participant in, is the tight end vs. linebacker/pass rusher run-blocking drill. The running backs are part of this drill, too, and run off the blocks provided by the tight ends on the edge. This is watching Patricia at his best. He's animated, excited and very instructional during this portion of practice. – Tim Twentyman

Tavon Wilson, true colors: The veteran safety was wearing a red jersey, which keeps players off limits to contact, but it didn't cut down his aggressiveness. Wilson made a nice move to break up a pass over the middle that was intended for tight end Luke Willson. – Mike O'Hara

Tackle work: The Lions are incorporating tackling into training camp practice much more than in previous years. They ran another Oklahoma drill Wednesday with ball carries at the 5-yard line and defenders at the goal line between two cones. We saw who could make the stop, and who could get into the end zone. These are controlled drills in that players aren't going to ground too often, but they are working on form and drive, and it's still pretty physical that way. After practice, cornerback Nevin Lawson said he loved the more physical practices. – Tim Twentyman

Helping hands: There was another example on Day 5 of how there is very little idle time at any point in head coach Matt Patricia's training camp practices. In one relatively quiet period, defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and linebackers coach Al Golden did drills with Jarrad Davis and Devon Kennard. Hand placement and control are important skills. – Mike O'Hara

Better day: The defense had a good day today. I thought they had their best reps, collectively, against the offensive line in pass-rushing drills. There were noticeably more passes defended in team drills. Darius Slay, Tavon Wilson, Jamal Agnew and Quandre Diggs all got their hands on passes today. There also seemed to be fewer running lanes for backs to run through. I thought the defense had a nice practice. – Tim Twentyman

Doomsday scenario: Matt Prater took a few of Don Muhlbach's snaps as a holder for kicks, which is something that would happen in a game only if the Pro Bowl kicker was injured too severely to kick but healthy enough to hold for a replacement kicker. It was just in fun, as Prater explained – jokingly – after practice. He kicked off and punted last year. This year he might hold. – Mike O'Hara

Participation report: Sitting out Wednesday's practice were: Ziggy Ansah (PUP), Andy Jones (PUP), Cornelius Washington (NFI), Michael Roberts, Da'Shawn Hand, Dontez Ford, Stefan McClure, Cam Johnson, Chad Meredith and Bradley Marquez. Veteran linebacker Devon Kennard was taken off the NFI list, and did take part in portions of practice for the first time since training camp began. –Tim Twentyman

View photos from Day 5 of 2018 Detroit Lions Training Camp presented by Rocket Mortgage.

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