Mini-Camp Wrap: Garcia Appears Ahead

Mini-Camp Day 3: Quarterback Jeff Garcia looks impressive, rookie defensive lineman Shaun Cody is tossing around tackles -- as an end -- on the other side of the football, and undrafted free-agent Paris Hamilton is making a name for himself. Much, much more from mini-camp inside.

ALLEN PARK - The famed beep test was won by undrafted free agent quarterback Todd Mortensen of the University of San Diego. The beep test seems easy enough - a slow jog of about 20 yards and back when you hear the beep. Jeff Garcia got to 100 but Mortensen got it to 130 before the players erupted in applause when he finally gave out of gas. Garcia's record of 133 remained in place.

A spirited debate took place among the players as to who was the best wide receiver and running back in the NFL. Most players felt LaDanian Tomlinson was by far the best, a few like Clinton Portis of Washington. When it came to wide receivers Terrell Owens of Philadelphia appeared to be the favorite with a few lobbying for Torry Holt of the Rams. The name of Marty Booker, the former Bears standout, surfaced.

A real battle is shaping up at the right tackle position. While Kelly Butler started, he had a tough time battling rookie defensive lineman Shaun Cody today. Cody got some pressure with an inside swim move. Kyle Kosier looks like a solid tactician and the early leader in this battle. Victor Rogers flip-flopped between left and right tackle and appears to be headed for a back up role. This looks like a two player race.

At defensive end, Cory Redding is attempting to hold off Cody but Cody has been impressive. Rookie Bill Swancutt had trouble mounting any kind of pressure against veteran Jeff Backus but showed his relentless motor. Things will be different, he says, when they put on the pads.

A logjam of talent is at the cornerback spot when Stanley Wilson of Stanford is battling returnees Andre Goodman and Chris Cash for the nickle and dime spots. Cash has looked sharp early and Goodman has been solid making it tough for the rook to find a spot. Someone could be tried at safety as a backup for solid Kenoy Kennedy and sharp Terrence Holt.

Paris Hamilton, an undrafted rookie free agent looks as if he's a candidate for Detroit's practice squad at receiver. Hamilton looks the part with good size and showing nice hands and crisp route running. He's the top undrafted free agent rookie easily in this three day camp.

Play of the day was quarterback Jeff Garcia looking off trips right and throwing a long strike down the sideline to Eddie Drummond for what would have been a touchdown. It's early, but Garcia looks miles ahead of starter Joey Harrington who looked great throwing bombs in 7-on-0 drills but struggled to find anyone downfield in 11-on-11 drills. Garcia has thrown a couple of picks, but has made the accurate deep throw as well.

Dan Orlovsky continued looking like a pro with his quick understanding of the WCO and his big arm. He will be a starter somewhere in this league down the road.

Kenoy Kennedy and Terrence Holt say that they are quickly developing chemistry and expect to be solid by training camp. Holt and Kennedy have developed a fast friendship and the cameraderie in the locker room is evident.

Detroit got a solid effort from everyone in this three day get-to-know-each-other session.


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