Lion Cubs: Rookies Coming Along Nicely

Rookie report on each individual draft pick from April.

Wide receiver Roy Williams had a very good rookie camp but has played two preseason games and still doesn't have a reception. He should have caught two of four balls thrown his way Saturday by QB Joey Harrington, although one was slightly behind him.

Running back Kevin Jones missed 10 days of training camp with a strained hamstring but looked good on his return last week and carried six times for 29 yards in his debut against Cleveland. Jones will likely see more actoin, and could even double his carry total next week against Baltimore.

Linebacker Teddy Lehman is getting a crash course in NFL linebacking and learning to play under control. He hasn't displaced MLB Earl Holmes but he is getting a lot of playing time in base defense and packages.

Cornerback Keith Smith might be a long shot to make the team but he's making a pretty good case for himself, learning in the defensive secondary and playing on special teams.

Outside linebacker Alex Lewis is nursing a high ankle sprain and hasn't been able to compete for the weak side LB job. Lewis is making good progress on the sprain, and could return by the team's final pre-season game.

Offensive tackle Kelly Butler has shown promise. Ideally, he'd get a year of experience on the practice squad to develop.

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