Pass-rush drills: The first full-padded practice meant the offensive and defensive linemen participated in live pass-rush drills for the first time in camp. My notes listed Anthony Zettel and Brandon Copeland as having consistently good reps. Zettel’s reps came against both left tackles Greg Robinson and Cyrus Kouandjio. Tight end Darren Fells is as good a pass blocker as advertised, at least on the first day of these drills.
One other note: Guard Graham Glasgow got so pumped after stonewalling rookie Jeremiah Ledbetter on a rep that he knocked the hanging dummy that symbolizes the quarterback off its stand with one excited swipe after Ledbetter couldn’t get to it.
Looking crisp: Quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to look very sharp early in camp. Over the last two days, he’s made some terrific throws down the field to Fells, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. that couldn’t have been thrown any better into very tight windows, all for big gains. He’s having a very strong start to his ninth training camp.
View photos from the first padded practice of 2017 Detroit Lions training camp.
Seeing red: Safety Don Carey came off the PUP list Tuesday morning and returned to practice in the afternoon. Like Theo Riddick, who is recovering from offseason wrist surgery, Carey was wearing a red no-contact jersey. Add the three quarterbacks – Stafford, Jake Rudock and Brad Kaaya – who wear them every day, and there was a lot of red at practice Tuesday.
Low on rushers: With Ziggy Ansah (PUP), Cornelius Washington (injured) and Armonty Bryant (PUP) still on the mend, Detroit’s edge rushers consisted of Kerry Hyder Jr., Anthony Zettel and a collection of rookies. Ledbetter even took some reps on the outside in team drills.
Fast riser: Charles Washington spent all of last season on Detroit’s practice squad, but appears to have made some strides heading into this season. So much so he got some first-team reps in both base- and sub-package sets with starting safety Tavon Wilson missing practice Tuesday due to injury. Washington and second-year safety Miles Killebrew both took first-team reps alongside Glover Quin in base and sub packages. Washington is trying to make the roster as a fifth safety.
No time to miss reps: Rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis required two separate re-tape jobs on his left ankle during practice, but didn’t miss a single rep in the process. When the first-team offense was done going through a few walkthrough reps and the second-team took over, Davis got re-taped. That happened twice. When the Lions went to offense vs. defense team reps, Davis was out there in the middle of it all and didn’t miss a rep. We’ll monitor the left ankle moving forward.