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TIM AND MIKE: Training camp Day 9 observations

Situational practice: The Lions went through a light practice Sunday ahead of the start of joint practices with the Patriots tomorrow. Head coach Matt Patricia put the team through a lot of situational football, including two-minute drills, red zone and a lot of special teams situations like onside kicks. – Tim Twentyman

Dead zone: It might have seemed strange to see running back Mark Thompson catch a punt inside the 10-yard line without signaling for a fair catch and not try to advance the ball. It wasn't strange at all. It was a drill designed for the coverage team to down the ball inside the 10. Thompson did just that by catching the ball in the air. Point of emphasis: Details. – Mike O'Hara

No. 4?: We haven't seen a lot of four receiver sets from the Lions in camp through the first week. They've used the tight end position a lot as the fourth receiver in clear passing situations. Working through some two-minute offense on Sunday, however, they used a fourth receiver – Jermaine Kearse – along with Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola and Marvin Jones Jr.Tim Twentyman

On the move: Tight end Logan Thomas is a big target at 6-6 and 250 pounds, and he has athleticism to go with size. He showed that on one play, cutting across the formation from left to right to make a nice catch on a pass from Matthew Stafford off a play-action fake. It's a play that's likely to be seen often in Darrell Bevell's offense. – Mike O'Hara

Back to back: Late in practice in a two-minute period, Kearse made a terrific acrobatic catch adjusting to a deep ball from backup quarterback Tom Savage while falling out of bounds. Two plays later, Chris Lacy made a diving catch falling out of bounds along the right sideline to finish the two-minute drive with a touchdown. The cornerback on both plays was Mike Ford, who had great coverage on both plays, but Kearse and Lacy were still able to make the plays. The margin of error in this league is razor thin. It should be noted, however, that Ford made a terrific diving interception earlier in practice Sunday. – Tim Twentyman

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A hand for hands: Kearse was applauded for his effort in making a nice sideline catch on a pass from Savage. Savage rolled right and used his strong arm to fire a laser that Kearse caught in traffic as he slid out of bounds. Kearse got hand slaps of appreciation from teammates on the sidelines on his way back to the huddle. – Mike O'Hara

Length: Former Lions safety Glover Quin used to joke that if he had Tracy Walker's length, he would have made 10 Pro Bowls. Walker showed off that length – and range – Sunday when making a nice read from his deep safety spot on a ball thrown down the right sideline. Walker was not only fast enough to get over there, but he also had the ball skills to go up and make the interception over the receiver. Walker is fast and long, and has been pretty good throughout the first week of camp. – Tim Twentyman

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