Following Sunday's only training camp session, offensive coordinator Mike Martz lauded the eight-year veteran's running ability, speed and versatility, even comparing him to his former star pupil, St. Louis Rams' running back Marshall Faulk.
"Shawn has got such versatility because he picks things up so quicky," said Martz, the former Rams' head coach. "He can do so many things, you have to be very careful (to use him properly). He's a terrific runner and he's got unusual speed.
"You can put him out there at wide receiver, kind of like what we did with Marshall (Faulk). He has those kinds of pass receiving abilities as a running back."
Martz is known to prefer speed and flexibility among anything else. In St. Louis, he frequently split Faulk out as an addition wide receiver, forcing the defense to widen the field and allowing his quarterback a number of options.
Ever since arriving in Detroit, Bryson has been the team's most versatile and dependable runner. In 2005, Bryson finished fifth on the team with 37 receptions and also carried the ball for a team-high 4.8 yards per carry.
What about KJ?: While Bryson has certainly impressed Detroit's coaching staff, starter Kevin Jones isn't exactly willing to relinquish his strangelhold on the position. Jones has been a standout at training camp and his off-season work to improve his own receiving ability hasn't gone unnoticed.
"Kevin Jones understands what we're trying to accomplish and he's done a great job, and he's really starting to show what he really is," saids Martz. "I think he's going to have a terrific year."
Martz on the receivers: Detroit continued to shuffle the receiving line-up on Sunday. Martz cautioned that that is to be expected, as he is still installing his offensive scheme, and wants every player to feel comfortable with the playbook before the preseason starts. Martz did add that the three receivers that have stood out the most in camp are Glenn Martinez, Eddie Drummond and Roy Williams.
Climbing the chart: Lions' defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson is busy instructing players on his new defensive philosophy using an advanced chart. Henderson uses the multi-tiered chart to track his players' progress. The chart uses a point system, and players either lose or gain points based on performance, including everything from tackles for a loss, forced fumbles, quarterback sacks and more. A player receives the most points for a "tomahawk", which is a sack that includes the strip of the football. Players lose points on an assortment of penalties.
So who is number one on the chart?
"Right now the defensive lineman (Cory Redding)," responded Henderson, "He's ahead by a long shot."
Infirmary report: Just a few days into camp, the Detroit Lions have had a couple players banged up. On Saturday, veteran receiver Corey Bradford had to be spelled due to excessive cramping but returned to play on Sunday. The same could not be said for DT Shaun Cody, who missed his second consecutive day of practice with a mild knee sprain. He is listed as day-to-day. CB Fernando Bryant also missed practice on Sunday due to "soreness," according to head coach Rod Marinelli. His absence isn't expected to be lengthy.
Good news on the injury front is the possible return of MLB Boss Bailey from the PUP list. Bailey is still recovering from knee and ankle ailments. Bailey could return by the middle of next week. His counterpart, Teddy Lehman, could remain on the PUP for another two weeks. He is expected to miss Detroit's opening preseason game against Denver on August 11.