Mini-Camp Part One: Orlovsky A Quick Study

Rookie quarterback Dan Orlovsky looks like a quick study, Joey Harrington struggled a bit, and Jeff Garcia looked sharp -- right up until he zeroed in on linebacker Alex Lewis. These notes, plus more from the first day of Lions mini-camp.

(ALLEN PARK) -- Dan Orlovsky looks like a quick study. He picked up the offense quickly and looked comfortable reading the defense, finding the right receiver and hitting him in stride. One nice throw -before Kevin Johnson made his break - for what would have been a first down. Notable quote: "I'm not here for nothing."

Joey Harrington looked indecisive and threw a couple of balls in the dirt. He hit a couple of nice passes but this practice can best described as a decent.

Jeff Garcia made several nice throws on the run including a beautiful pass to Roy Williams where he made a tap dance catch on the sideline. Garcia ended the session by getting picked off by #59 Alex Lewis.

Mike Williams looked quicker than expected. Williams talked about his perceived lack of speed and said he doesn't worry about running fast, he "plays fast." Pro bowl corner Dre' Bly backed Williams assertion saying when Williams ran a 'skinny post' with Bly covering, "he got into my cushion and turned me around."

Defensive tackle Marcus Bell did his best Jerry Ball imitation. Bell is listed at 6-foot-2, 326, but looked ever bit as heavy as Shawn Rogers (345).

Charles Rogers was held out of most of practice, taking just a few reps as Coach Mariucci indicated he just wanted to slow Rogers and Boss Bailey from overdoing it. Rogers said that it was "tough" to be held back but that "it was for the best."

Kalimba Edwards looked noticably lighter than last season. Edwards, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 265, looked closer to 240. He showed some nice quickness and energy.

More later.

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