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Scotty D
06-24-2010, 01:53 PM

-Spievey made a few interceptions off Drew Stanton and broke up a pass from Stafford to Calvin.

-Stanton is struggling mightily.

-Randy Phillips signed a three day try out contract. (Another tactic to keep as many possible players on contract?)

-Kevin Smith is out there running and has not had any setbacks.


""You hear about how explosive Best is and then you see him catch a ball in the flat, stick his foot in the ground and get up field like a Mustang," Burleson said. "He's just extremely explosive. I've seen him catch a ball at a dead stop, stick his foot in the ground and get up field extremely fast."

We threw a lot at him in rookie camp, to get him exposed to a lot of things," Schwartz said. "He has grasped everything we've thrown at him. We haven't spoon-fed him. We've used him as wide receiver, in the slot, at running back. He ran the ball, we threw him the ball. He has been exposed to everything. He's a good, smart player -- that's why we drafted him. He's smart, multidimensional and he can make plays. And you saw some plays today that he made."

Scotty D
06-25-2010, 03:46 PM

Schwartz had to cut the final practice of three-day mincamp short after a second fight turned into an all-out brawl between the offense and defense toward the end of practice. Schwartz immediately stopped practice and reamed his team at midfield for about five minutes. He was still steaming as he talked to the media right after.

"That is not acceptable what happened. We weren't able to finish a period. It's going to get hot and you're going to get to the end of practice and you are going to have things that come up, but when you can't finish practice and when you have guys entering fights that aren't involved in it, it's unacceptable and they are going to get taxed pretty heavy."

"That was too intense," Schwartz said. " We had that situation come up before on OTAs and we sort of laughed that we can't fine the players, but guess what, there are going to be a lot of fines from today."

Jonathon Wade impresses at CB

"He's probably been our most consistent corner in all our offseason program," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday after Day 2 of the team's mandatory minicamp. "He just does a great job with his hands, great job with his feet. He has played the ball well down the field. He's a young vet. He's had some success and had some rough spots early in his career. But he has been very consistent in this stuff. He needs to keep building on that."

Good to hear about Spievey and now Wade.

Scotty D
06-25-2010, 05:23 PM

06-27-2010, 01:06 PM

DETROIT -- Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand is apologizing after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while at a charity golf tournament in northern Michigan.

Lewand said in a statement Saturday night that he is "deeply sorry" for his actions and takes full responsibility.

wtf? i guess mayhew will be the one disciplining guys who get DUIs from now on.

06-28-2010, 05:50 PM
After initially refusing to have his blood-alcohol level tested for the first of several times, according to the report, Lewand agreed to do it 30 minutes later and registered a 0.21 reading and 0.20 a few minutes later, according to a Roscommon County sheriff's department report.

wow. going over the .2 line

Scotty D
06-28-2010, 07:02 PM
Nothing significant will happen, but not good for the image of the organization.

Goodell's comment about Lewand

"Our policies apply to everyone: Yours truly. Presidents, players, coaches, everyone involved with the NFL. And I think Tom recognizes that and of course I will speak to him sometime in the future. And we'll be gathering the facts. But everybody is accountable and everybody is responsible."

Scotty D
07-08-2010, 05:35 PM

Daniel Bullocks cut. Copeland Bryan on IR.


Jerome Felton is seeing more snaps at RB instead of FB. We are using TE's in the fullback and H back spot.


Best is going to touch the ball a ton.

"We haven't spoon-fed it," coach Jim Schwartz said. "It's been throw it all at him right away. We've used him as a wide receiver. We've used him in the slot. We've used him as a running back. We've ran the ball, thrown the ball. He's been exposed to everything. He's a good, smart player. That's why we drafted him."

07-27-2010, 12:58 PM
Drink it in boys! Lions win the 2011 Super Bowl!

on Madden


Unfortunately, Stafford looks like he has Down Syndrome and Gigantism of the head, but hey, we won!

07-27-2010, 06:12 PM

I'm loving this man so much my girlfriend and I may need to have a little talk.

Scotty D
07-27-2010, 08:11 PM

Our head coach now has a (real) twitter account. Might be interesting to see the things he tweets as training camp goes on.


Lions sign special teams ace Isaiah Ekejiuba to two year contract.

The special-teams ace recorded 49 tackles over the past five seasons with Oakland, which released him July 8.

Ekejiuba, 6-feet-4 and 240 pounds, had an exceptional year in 2008. He blocked a field-goal attempt against San Diego, he blocked a punt attempt against Atlanta and he forced a fumble against Tampa Bay. He was named an alternate to the 2009 Pro Bowl and shortly afterward signed a 5.4-million, three-year contract with Oakland.

07-29-2010, 05:37 PM
I'm going to Lions training camp next Thursday. I'll get the scoop.

Scotty D
07-29-2010, 08:50 PM
I'm going to Lions training camp next Thursday. I'll get the scoop.

I want Tim Toone info!

07-29-2010, 09:16 PM
I want Tim Toone info!

That's irrelevant.

07-29-2010, 11:09 PM
I want Tim Toone info!

That's irrelevant.

I see what you did there!

Scotty D
08-02-2010, 02:15 AM
Here are some more official twitter accounts

Nate Burleson - http://twitter.com/Nate13Burleson
Cliff Avril - http://twitter.com/cliffavril
Jahvid Best - http://twitter.com/J4hvidbest
Suh - http://twitter.com/ndamukong_suh
Bryant Johnson - http://twitter.com/1BryantJohnson
Jim Schwartz - http://twitter.com/jschwartzlions
Louis Delmas - http://twitter.com/LouisD_26

Scotty D
08-02-2010, 02:31 AM
^^^^^^ Tom Lewand

Scotty D
08-02-2010, 02:58 AM
^^^ KVB vs. Backus
^^^ Caleb Campbell vs. Aaron Brown
^^^ Jason Fox

Scotty D
08-02-2010, 10:44 PM

Scotty D
08-02-2010, 10:53 PM
Gunther Cunningham
Lewand (explains a lot)

Scotty D
08-04-2010, 08:51 PM

08-04-2010, 08:57 PM
90 is here & I am lathering up in the Lion's (SUH) butter ...

If no Favre in Minny & the Cutler/Martz marriage in the windy city get's off a little rocky ... whoa look out ... I'm just say'n!

08-04-2010, 09:29 PM
I hope Tim Toone makes the team.

08-04-2010, 09:43 PM
Toone better make the team over Suckcutt.

08-04-2010, 09:51 PM
espn had an article that put toone at no worst than 4th on the wr chart.

08-04-2010, 10:09 PM
Drink it in boys! Lions win the 2011 Super Bowl!

on Madden


Unfortunately, Stafford looks like he has Down Syndrome and Gigantism of the head, but hey, we won!
Who's the big guy with the camera in the parade supposed to be?

Scotty D
08-04-2010, 10:21 PM
Who's the big guy with the camera in the parade supposed to be?

I can't figure it out, terrible rendering of Suh?

Scotty D
08-05-2010, 01:04 AM

"DT Ndamukong Suh is receiving first team reps. DT Sammie Hill has been moved to the second team. Suh has gotten penetration on several plays and would have sacked Matthew Stafford twice."

With the arrival of Ndamukong Suh, the depth chart at DT has Suh and Corey Williams starting. The second team will feature Sammie Hill and either Andre Fluellen or Landon Cohen. Neither has impressed, but Fluellen has had better workouts."

Lions WR Dennis Northcutt is having his best practice of camp so far. Northcutt has started slowly this camp, but made a series of nice grabs during red zone drills. Given the play of WR Derrick Williams, Northcutt needs good workouts to contend for the roster.

WR Derrick Williams continues to play his way into consideration for a roster spot. His speed has improved, and he has represented well in team drills. Versatility on special teams makes him a strong candidate for fourth WR.

After a solid start to camp, the LB corps has been picked apart by Matthew Stafford. After a series of sloppy play, LB Zack Follett drew the ire of defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham.

RB Aaron Brown has gotten increased second-team snaps. Brown has been featured in KR drills as well. It looks as if the Lions value his speed despite his tendency for mental lapses.

Lions CB Chris Houston seems to have solidified himself at the number 1 CB spot. He's the preferred practice partner of Calvin Johnson and one of the few secondary players that has challenged the star receiver.

WR Nate Burleson continues to have strong workouts. His work with younger receivers has paid dividends, and his consistency has allowed coach Jim Schwartz to use him as a measuring stick in CB battles. Burleson looks rejuvenated.

Coach Jim Schwartz on TE Brandon Pettigrew: "He's had a good rehab. We don't want to set him back by trying to do too much too soon. It's good to see him out there. He's a big target. If you put it in the zip code, he'll catch it."

Coach Jim Schwartz on DT Sammie Hill: "He's taking the biggest step I've seen him take in his short career. He's manned up for us, and that was good for us. I think he's going to be a good player in this league."

Found some good notes about practice.

Maybe Next Year Millen2
08-05-2010, 10:25 AM
Thursday Morning practice notes

Thursday, August 05, 201010:42 amLive punt drills are taking place for the first time this camp. WRs Tim Toone,Nate Burleson, Dennis Northcutt, and Derrick Williams handled PR duties. RB Jahvid Best did not participate in special teams drills

.10:38 amThe presence of officials has cleaned up the mistakes along the lines. After a week of abundant encroachment and false starts, there has been just one penalty called today on a lineman.

10:35 amDE Jared DeVries and DT Andre Fluellen have had a good series of team drills. They caught RBs Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best for losses, and created pressure on QB Shaun Hill. Fluellen needs more of these performances to solidify the final DT spot.

10:19 amThe offense has dominated the first period of 7-on-7 drills this morning. LBs and CBs are very late breaking on the ball and are biting on too many fakes. They have been unable to stop speed routes.

10:10 amA crew of three NFL officials, SJ Don Carlsen, HL Mark Baltz and BJ Dino Paganelli will officiate drills. The crew will clarify for the team this season's "points of emphasis" in NFL rules.

10:03 amWR Nate Burleson has shown excellent deep speed this morning. After being used primarily on short and mid-range routes, Burleson outran corners in fly pattern during a one-on-one drill.

9:57 amDT Ndamukong Suh looks to be making up for his missed practice time well. Suh's conditioning is not an issue this morning. His first true test will come in full pad contact drills.

9:23 amTE Brandon Pettigrew (knee), CB Amari Spievey (ankle) LB DeAndre Levy (back), S Ko Simpson (knee), CB Jack Williams (knee), S Louis Delmas (groin), and WR Mike Moore (shoulder) will not practice today.

Really stinks Levy,Delmas and Spievey are missing time. Hopefully they get healthy soon and Delmas isn't serious. Groin injuries are tough to come back from quickly.

08-05-2010, 12:31 PM
I was at practice today as a media member. Got to hear Schwartz talk after practice.

Nothing very illuminating came from the interview, only that Jahvid Best can probably be expected to throw a few passes this season.

He downplayed the Delmas injury, which has been creating a buzz. We might use a kickoff specialist this year. Amari Spievey didn't practice due to a hip injury. DeVries and Felton left practice with minor injuries.

Kevin Smith looked to be healed up pretty good. Suh wasn't very involved in the practice (or so it seemed).

Old Mrs. Ford and the grandkids were there watching practice and being driven around in a customized Lions golf cart. Everyone was on high alert with their presence. Stafford had an awkward "Hi, how are you" greeting with Mrs. Ford before retreating to the locker room.

Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew disappeared after the first 45 minutes of practice.

And the Schwartz conducted his interview at a barely audible level. Seriously didn't expect him to be so damn quiet.

That's about it.

08-05-2010, 01:08 PM
Delmas' balls are so big that he's bound to have a groin injury from time to time.

08-05-2010, 04:03 PM
Dammit, I hope Delmas' injury isn't as bad as I've read.. which would be that he needs surgery and could miss the whole season.

I mean, it'd help us get Patrick Peterson :).. but I'd rather win some damn games.

08-05-2010, 06:21 PM
sounds like theres no surgery in his future. Also sounds like he may miss a decent chunk of training camp too

Scotty D
08-06-2010, 04:21 AM

At the time Schwartz explained how his defense, including Vanden Bosch, would try and funnel the action toward the middle of the defense and, specifically, toward Albert Haynesworth.

"Ideally, we shrink the field," Vanden Bosch said. "We send everything back inside to our tackles and linebackers."

Said Schwartz: "The philosophy brought here from Tennessee was, if you're strong up front, if you can rush with four, you don't have to blitz as much to put pressure on the quarterback. If you're good on the defensive line, you may not have to spin that safety into the box to get an eight-man front to stop the run. It all works together. If you're building a good defense, it doesn't hurt to start up front."

Scotty D
08-06-2010, 04:42 AM
^^^ Scheffler

Scotty D
08-06-2010, 10:47 AM
S Randy Phillips is getting first-team reps 3 days after being signed. Phillips was an invitee during minicamp, andhe impressed the Lions coaches. He has excellent closing speed and has picked up coverage schemes quickly.

DT Ndamukong Suh is picking up the D-line scheme well. He is still behind the veterans in camp, but the gap is narrowing. He has gotten penetration on run plays and worked well with DE Cliff Avril.

TE Tony Scheffler has featured during team drills. Working against the nickel, Matthew Stafford hit Scheffler to convert several third downs. The presence of capable receiving TEs has spread the secondary and generates favorable WR matchups this season.

CB Dre' Bly appears to be slotted as the nickel back in Gunther Cunningham's defense. Passing downs have been the source of Bly's first-team reps for most of camp.

OG Stephen Peterman's return has improved pass protection in camp. Peterman and OG Rob Sims have worked well to stop the bull rushes that were an Achilles' heel last year. The duo has opened nice holes for the run as well.

CB Aaron Berry has been carted off the field with an apparent hamstring injury. No contact was involved. He pulled up lame while in coverage.

RB Kevin Smith looks better with each practice. He has not taken the ball in a live contact run drill but is performing well on screen passes. He looks as fast as he was before his injuries. He may feel pushed because of strong performances by Jahvid Best.

CB Jonathan Wade is dialed in this morning. He has stripped WRs Calvin Johnson and WR Bryant Johnson in 7-on-7 drills. Wade was challenged after a weak practice Thursday and has responded so far.

Lions not practicing today: DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (unspecified), FB Jerome Felton (foot), DE Jared DeVries (foot), S Louis Delmas (groin), LB DeAndre Levy (back), CB Amari Spievey (hip), TE Will Heller (back), S Ko Simpson (knee), and CB Jack Williams (knee).

Scotty D
08-07-2010, 03:00 AM

In his e-mail to the media, agent John Page wrote: “There has been interest for Jarrad and the Chiefs are blocking legitimate trades. There’s been plenty of time to get a trade done and at this point, in our opinion, it’s clear that the Chiefs are being vindictive.”

WR Calvin Johnson has had nothing but exemplary workouts since the start of camp. His timing with Matthew Stafford continues to be near flawless, as they reap the benefits of their offseason work.

The battle for third RB is a three-way affair. Aaron Brown has the upper hand right now, but Maurice Morris and DeDe Dorsey have seen increased time during Friday's sessions. They have both run with the first and second teams.

After the rest of the Lions left the practice field, DT Sammie Hill spent 15 minutes alone hitting the blocking sled. Hill had a stellar start to camp, but lost his first team reps to Ndamukong Suh. Hill seems intent on outworking Corey Williams for a starting spot.

Live kickoff drills took place for the first time all camp. The drills served as the first evaluation of K Aaron Pettrey, who will handle kicking duties while Jason Hanson rehabs his knee. If Hanson's knee is not fully healed, Pettrey could win a spot as a KO specialist.

DE Cliff Avril is fine following an inadvertent hit during practice. CB Aaron Berry has been listed as day to day with a hamstring injury.

The first string defensive line of DEs Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch, and DTs Corey Williams and Ndamukong Suh is slowly becoming a solid unit. The four come off the ball very quickly and their play has steadily improved.

Injuries in the secondary will offer opportunities for players to use increased time to claim spots. First team starters during drills were CBs Jonathan Wade and Chris Houston, and safeties C. C. Brown and Randy Phillips. The group worked well together.

LB Zack Follett performed well in 7-on-7 drills during the afternoon session. Follett has refocused after two consecutive rough practices, and is staying with receivers across the middle nicely.

Scotty D
08-07-2010, 04:48 PM
^^^ Today's practice was held at Ford Field
CB Chris Houston continues to challenge Calvin Johnson in practice. The two battle intensely every day. Houston delighted the crowd when on the first play of the 2-minute period, he closed well to break up a fly route Johnson was running against single coverage.

The secondary has spent team drills running press coverage, using their speed to challenge receivers. The coverage hasn't paid off, however, as the protection the O-line has provided has allowed the QBs to wait out the press and find holes.

This is the Lions' first-string offensive line during team drills: C Dominic Raiola, Gs Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman and Ts Gosder Cherilus and Jeff Backus. They dominated the first contact team drill, opening huge holes for Jahvid Best and protecting Matthew Stafford well.

The second period of team drills was a test for the defense. The offense lined up in the non-traditional "pistol" formation, forcing the defense to adjust to the look. Matthew Stafford took advantage of the unfamiliarity, completing several passes.

RB Jahvid Best continued his excellent run of form during team drills. His cuts and ability to manufacture yardage improve with each practice. The crowd at Ford field gave Best an ovation after a hard 15-yard run on the first-team play during drills.

CB Jonathan Wade is making the most of the injury to CB Amari Spievey. Wade has done well with the added reps, and his coverage has tightened up. He's slowly taking the lead in the battle for the No. 2 CB slot.

DT Robert Callaway has been released and replaced on the roster by CB Paul Pratt.

Scotty D
08-08-2010, 09:58 AM

08-08-2010, 10:25 AM
i'm loving where the lion's heads and hearts are at this year. this should be the start of something special.

Scotty D
08-08-2010, 10:59 AM
RB Aaron Brown continues to stake his claim to the No. 3 RB spot. He's done well this morning in drils featuring screens. He ran good routes lining up in the slot. Also, he has avoided the mental lapses of the past.

Matthew Stafford has not had the best workout this morning. His passes have not had their usual pace on them, and he's overthrown several receivers.

CB Marvin White is making the most of a depleted secondary. White made several nice plays at nickel and as the No. 2 corner. He drew praise for his hustle. White hasn't been on the coaching staff's radar yet in camp. These reps may change that, though.

DT Landon Cohen has not had a good workout this morning. He has been slow off the ball and has been badly beaten on run plays. Cohen needs to have better days to win the battle with Andre Fluellen for the 4th DT spot
WR Derrick Williams has been the real constant returner in special teams drills. Williams has impressed as a wide receiver and returner, and he's slowly working his way off the roster bubble.

Practice on Sunday was the best thus far for the first-string D-line. Ndamukong Suh recorded a sack on a straight bull rush. On the following play, Suh, DT Corey Williams and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch all reached the QB. The D-line has never looked better.

DT Ndamukong Suh and G Stephen Peterman are fiercly battling along the line in team drills. Peterman's experience has helped accelerate the learning curve for Suh, who's trying to make up for missed practice time.

Not practicing this morning: RB Kevin Smith (knee), S Ko Simpson (knee), S Louis Delmas (groin), CB Aaron Berry (hamstring), CB Jack Williams (knee), DT Joe Cohen (knee), CB Amari Spievey (hip), LB DeAndre Levy (back), WR Mike Moore (shoulder), K Jason Hanson (knee), DE Jared DeVries (foot), FB Jerome Felton (foot) and TE Brandon Pettigrew

Scotty D
08-09-2010, 02:14 PM
Coach Jim Schwartz on RB Jahvid Best in the passing game: “He has the potential for explosive plays. He’s a guy who can go down the field, or he can take a short pass and go a very long way.”

Coach Jim Schwartz on WR Nate Burleson as a PR: “He’s going to return punts this year. It may be in the opening game or the last game of the year. If we need him in the fourth quarter or overtime, he’ll be ready."
Coach Jim Schwartz on S Louis Delmas’ return: “We need him on the field, we need his personality on the field. We need him to be with his teammates, communicating. It’s good to see 26 back.”

WR Tim Toone on his increased reps: “It’s awesome to be noticed by the caoches. My hard work is paying off. I’m just trying to come in here, work hard, and get the chance to perform.”

Coach Jim Schwartz said S Louis Delmas is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason opener at Pittsburgh. Delmas is recovering from a groin injury and was removed from the PUP list today.

G Stephen Peterman has left practice. His place has been taken by G Manny Ramirez.

WRs Tim Toone and Derrick Williams continue to perform well at KR and PR. The Lions like the speed and hands that both possess. The coaches are looking to slot the players into multiple roles to justify roster spots. If it becomes a competition, Williams has the edge.

The O-line was solid during live contact run drills. G Stephen Peterman and G Rob Sims continue to open the interior running lanes the Lions lacked a year ago. The presence of both the interior option and the corner helps spread the linebacking corps.

S Louis Delmas is done practicing for the day. Delmas participated in individual drills but did not take a contact rep.

Despite the return of S Louis Delmas to practice, S C.C. Brown and S Randy Phillips have taken all first-team reps. Brown has had one of his better coverage days so far.

FB Jerome Felton's return to practice has been felt in pass protection drills. Felton has been the sharpest back by far at picking up the rush. RB Jahvid Best is still learning the protection schemes, but he seems to be improving with each rep.

S Louis Delmas (groin) and TE Will Heller (back) are off the PUP list and practicing in full pads Monday morning.

The Lions waived injured DT Joe Cohen and re-signed DT Robert Callaway.

Delmas is back out there.

Scotty D
08-09-2010, 02:30 PM

08-10-2010, 02:25 PM
Not sure where I should post this, but in my first regular season game against the Bears in Madden, Suh had 8 tackles, 5 for a loss, 3 sacks and a pick 6...just sayin...

08-10-2010, 02:49 PM
Not sure where I should post this, but in my first regular season game against the Bears in Madden, Suh had 8 tackles, 5 for a loss, 3 sacks and a pick 6...just sayin...
In real life, that's a lackluster first quarter for Suh.

08-10-2010, 04:39 PM
I was at the open practice at Ford Field on Saturday. Tim Toone looked extremely impressive. He had a couple great double moves that left the DB's in his dust. I don't know if that speaks more about our DB's or Tim Toone however. One time it was Dre' Bly I know for sure. He was also practicing kick and punt returns with Derrick Williams.

Also Pettigrew was very impressive, and Best attacks the hole when he's running through the line. A nice thing to see from a Lions running back.

08-11-2010, 08:58 AM
I hope Tim Toone makes the team.

08-11-2010, 02:52 PM
I hope Tim Toone makes the team.

I hope Tim Toone makes the team.
Weekly post until he makes it?

08-11-2010, 02:57 PM
I hadn't realized I already posted that. But yeah, it'd be pretty awesome if he did.

Scotty D
08-11-2010, 03:47 PM
Not sure where I should post this, but in my first regular season game against the Bears in Madden, Suh had 8 tackles, 5 for a loss, 3 sacks and a pick 6...just sayin...

Suh has been a beast so far for me.I traded Kevin Smith to Washington for a third rounder and Chris Horton,SS.


Coach Jim Schwartz on DE Cliff Avril: “He’s been very consistent in camp. He’s taken the step he needed to take in his career. He’s not just a pass rusher, and he’s gritted out a lot of things. We’re looking for a big year from Cliff.”

Coach Jim Schwartz on OG Manny Ramirez filling in for Stephen Peterman: "Manny’s an experienced player. He’s stepped in and done well. We haven’t missed a beat with him out there at all."

Coach Jim Schwartz on playing time for starters Saturday at Pittsburgh: “I’ve never been a big quarters type of guy. You target a number of plays for each guy and manage injuries. You want to match certain players up. Nothing is set in stone.”

RB Jahvid Best on his relationship with RB Kevin Smith: “We talk to each other on the field all the time. Today we had a two minute conversation about one play. We pick each other’s brains and make us both better.”

WR Nate Burleson has been nothing short of exemplary all camp. He converted several routes over the middle, routinely splits coverage for completions, and twice saved bad passes by wrestling the ball from defenders. Only Calvin Johnson has been a more consistent WR in camp.

Jonathan Hefney is adjusting to his conversion from CB to S. Hefney had some growing pains during the first week of camp, but is starting to challenge the ball more. The Lions like his quickness, so look for him to be featured in the second half Saturday.

DT Sammie Hill has been giving extra effort since losing his starting job to DT Ndamukong Suh. The effort has showed, and Hill has become a de facto starter. His presence will give depth to what had been a weak point a season ago.

After a stellar workout Tuesday, QB Matthew Stafford continues to be precise in practice. Stafford's improved arm strength creates passing windows in places that did not exist a year ago. He has the trust of his receivers and is authoritative under center.

S Randy Phillips continues to gain respect in the defensive backfield. In the week since his signing, Phillips has challenged the ball well and earned first-team reps. With S Louis Delmas unlikely to play Saturday at Pittsburgh, look for Phillips to start.

S Louis Delmas continues to work back into drills. He ran a full 7-on-7 workout, and a few team snaps. CB Amari Spievey was limited to individual drills. Spievey has not run a contact drill since injuring his hip.

T Jason Fox and OG Manny Ramirez have had good days in team drills. Both sprung several blocks that led to long runs. Ramirez is making the most of OG Stephen Peterman's injury. Fox, however, needs to continue to impress to make the club.

DT Ndamukong Suh has made up for his missed practices nicely. He looks sharp in line drills, gets good penetration and gets off the ball well. Suh has formed a bond with fellow DT Corey Williams, and the two work well together.

08-11-2010, 09:31 PM
Any updates on the Pain Train?

Scotty D
08-12-2010, 08:28 AM
Any updates on the Pain Train?

Has the starting job locked up. Coaches like his work ethic, bulked up, stopped trying to kill every tackle to preserve his body. Excited to see how he plays Saturday against the Steelers.

Scotty D
08-12-2010, 12:26 PM
The final period of practice was devoted to goal-line drills. Jim Schwartz is intent on reversing the Lions' red zone struggles of a year ago. Fade routes to Calvin Johnson and routes to TEs Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew are central to the plan.

The first-team offensive line during team drills: LT Jeff Backus, LG Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola, RG Stephen Peterman, and RT Gosder Cherilus.

The first-team defense during team drills: DEs Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch; DTs Sammie Hill and Ndamukong Suh; LBs Jordon Dizon, Julian Peterson and Zack Follett; CBs Jonathan Wade and Chris Houston; and safeties Randy Phillips and C.C. Brown.

WR Derrick Williams continues to be the No. 1 kick and punt returner in special teams drills -- indication that Williams is the leader in the race for the fourth WR spot.

S Louis Delmas is not participating in drills. CB Amari Spievey is taking contact reps for the first time since re-injuring his hip.

^^^^ Zack Follett

Scotty D
08-14-2010, 01:10 PM

Speaking of St. Martin, he was not at practice today, and a source close to the team told us that the Lions will be snagging us fans an early Christmas present. We were sworn to silence, but I can say that there are going to be a lot of smiles in Motown in a matter of days.

Take it with a grain of salt but posting to point back at if a trade happens.

And some practice notes from the article.

Zack Follett had the day’s only interception when he jumped a Dan Gronkowski crossing route. Gronk is a physical specimen, but his routes will be his downfall.

Jahvid Best isolated outside linebacker Julian Peterson on a pass in the flat. Peterson didn’t have a chance in what was a monumental mismatch. Now that’s what being on an island in the NFL must feel like. Helpless.

Tony Scheffler got into the fun. He caught a Shaun Hill touchdown at the end line. He can elevate, folks, and has the awareness to get his feet in bounds.

Defensive tackle Robert Calloway, the signed, released, and re-signed rookie from Saginaw Valley State, made some noise when he batted a Stanton pass into the upper deck. The crowd roared in approval.

Drew Stanton was Drew Stanton. Inconsistent. OK on the short stuff, but too many “limp ducks” down field.

08-14-2010, 05:25 PM

Take it with a grain of salt but posting to point back at if a trade happens.

And some practice notes from the article.


Well at least we can dream

Scotty D
08-15-2010, 09:25 AM
Nate Burleson tweeted this pic