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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 5 observations

The pick: Rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai was able to tip a Matthew Stafford pass to himself for an interception at the goal line in a red zone drill. Tavai secured the ball and headed down the left sideline. Stafford pursued him and ended up on the ground after trying to get Tavai out of bounds. Tavai, who stands 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, seemed unfazed by the attempt. Stafford just bounced off him and hit the deck. – Tim Twentyman

Hard contact: Linebacker Jarrad Davis looks forward to days when training camp practices are in pads, and Tuesday was an example of that. Davis had two big collisions with running backs in a one-on-one drill – first with rookie Ty Johnson, next with C.J. Anderson. Davis looked like a man who enjoys his work. – Mike O’Hara

Nice grab: In one-on-one passing drills pitting the receivers vs. the cornerbacks, veteran wide receiver Jermaine Kearse made a terrific over-the-shoulder grab down the right sideline. I couldn’t tell if Kearse got both feet down, but it was a great grab, nonetheless. Even cornerback Justin Coleman, who was defending on the play, was impressed. He offered up a high five to Kearse after the catch. – Tim Twentyman

Speaking of high fives: Third-year cornerback Teez Tabor got one from head coach Matt Patricia after he had sticky coverage on Marvin Jones Jr. forcing an incompletion deep down the field in the same drill. – Tim Twentyman

Hands-on-instruction: Camp has few moments with no activity, and linebackers coach Al Golden took Tavai aside in one brief break to demonstrate a way to use his hands. Golden put his left hand, arm extended, on the front of Tavai’s helmet, above the face mask. Tavai countered by jabbing Golden – lightly – in the chest. It was repeated several teams, well below game speed. – Mike O’Hara

Rough period: The running backs worked on pass blocking drills against the linebackers and safeties on Tuesday, and it was an overall tough outing for the running backs. Kerryon Johnson had a particularly rough period. Tavon Wilson, Quandre Diggs, Tavai and Will Harris all looked to win their reps against Johnson, who was noticeably frustrated with himself a couple of times. – Tim Twentyman

Kick return: The Lions worked on their kick return Tuesday, and Jamal Agnew and Ty Johnson got most of the reps as the deep return man. Danny Amendola also got some work there, but I expect the competition to return kickoffs to focus on Agnew and Johnson early in the preseason. – Tim Twentyman

Not happy: Late in a team portion of practice, coaches stopped the period and made the defense run around the field for what looked like a substitution error. They were then gathered up around Patricia, who spoke to them for a few minutes and didn’t seem very happy. On the very next snap defensive end Mitchell Loewen jumped offside. It wasn’t a good five minutes for the defense. – Tim Twentyman

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