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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 6 observations

Jace in the chase: Jace Billingsley is making a good impression – just like he did in his first camp with the Lions in 2016, and again in 2017. He's been playing more tailback this year, in addition to receiver. He had a nice burst Thursday on a running play. – Mike O'Hara

Cover up: Cornerback Darius Slay had a particularly good practice. He won a one-on-one rep vs. Marvin Jones Jr. early in practice where he had such good coverage on Jones that it seemed like he knew exactly what route was coming. He made a couple other nice plays forcing incompletions later on in team drills. Slay looks to be in midseason form early on in camp. – Tim Twentyman

Center of attention: Graham Glasgow made a nice move to wall off a defender on a quick-opener up the middle. Glasgow is the full-time center this year after dividing playing time between left guard and center – and doing well at both – his first two seasons. – Mike O'Hara

Double infraction: Referees were a fixture in practice for the first time during training camp. Second-year cornerback Teez Tabor earned the first flag of camp in a one-on-one pass coverage rep against receiver Kenny Golladay. Tabor latched onto Golladay beyond the 5-yard window and was hit for illegal contact. Tabor was also flagged on his next rep vs. TJ Jones for getting his hands too high and up into the face of Jones attempting a jam at the line of scrimmage. – Tim Twentyman

Law man: Nevin Lawson got an opportunity to play opposite Darius Slay with the first-team defense, and had a productive practice. He broke up passes intended for Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. in the end zone. The one vs. Jones was particularly impressive, because it was a back-shoulder throw from Stafford. Lawson was able to get his head around and get a hand in the way on what's typically the most difficult play for a cornerback to defend. – Tim Twentyman

Big bang: The timing was just right for middle linebacker Jarrad Davis to making a crunching hit on Zach Zenner in the hole. Davis was unblocked, and the clash of pads could be heard from midfield to the bleachers. – Mike O'Hara

Play of the day: Give it to rookie running back Kerryon Johnson, who made a diving catch down the left sideline in a team period in front of linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin on a wheel route. Johnson has shown early on in camp he can be a weapon in the passing game. He's really showing he can do it all. – Tim Twentyman

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Last man standing: The last player to walk off the practice field Thursday was second-year linebacker Jarrad Davis. He worked for a while after practice both with defensive coaches and on his own on pass rushing technique and hand placement. – Tim Twentyman

Return men: During the first special teams period we saw Kerryon Johnson, Ameer Abdullah, Dwayne Washington and TJ Jones as kickoff return men. Later on in another special teams period, Brandon Powell and Teo Redding joined them. It will be interesting in the preseason to see how the new kickoff rules affect that play. Will we see more or less returns? –Tim Twentyman

Participation report: Sitting out practice were: Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (PUP), wide receiver Andy Jones (PUP), defensive end Cornelius Washington (NFI), defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, tight end Michael Roberts, wide receiver Bradley Marquez, wide receiver Deontez Alexander, linebacker Chad Meredith, defensive end Cam Johnson and safety Stefan McClure. Safety Tavon Wilson, who wore a red no-contact jersey on Wednesday, was back to being a full participant. – Tim Twentyman

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