Following Saturday's open camp session at Ford Field, Lions' starters Kevin Jones and Jon Kitna viewed the event as merely a "practice." And they were right. But the importance of that practice is a matter of perspective.
DETROIT -- Starters Kevin Jones and Jon Kitna viewed Saturday's open camp session at
Ford Field as merely a "practice." And they were right. But the importance of
that practice is a matter of perspective.
With neither Kitna or Jones in any danger of losing a job, many of the
team's 80-plus active players don't have the same luxury. With one week to
play before the team's opening preseason contest, many players stood out
during the session in hopes of catching the eye of Detroit's coaching staff and fans.
Saturday's camp notebook:Undrafted rookie Shaun Bodiford provided the day's highlight reel,
including a kick return touchdown that brought the Black & Blue crowd to its
feet. He followed that with a dazzling punt return and later downed a Nick Harris punt by fielding the ball out of the air. As a receiver, Bodiford was
equally impressive, snagging a short crossing route pass before getting drilled
by linebacker Alex Lewis. Bodiford held onto the pass.
While Kitna was the more accurate of the quarterbacks, he had difficulty
connecting on the long ball. Kitna's deep pattern shots to Corey Bradford and
Roy Williams were either too long or poorly placed. Dan Orlovsky seemed
composed while on the field and did not thrown an interception on the day,
outperforming his back-up nemesis, Josh McCown.
Running back Kevin Jones was explosive out of the backfield. Jones
showed quickness on the outside, and routinely beat defenders around the
corner. If the pursuit caught up with him, Jones was able to cut back inside
before the play was blown dead.
On one play, Cory Schlesinger leveled linebacker Paris Lenon to spring Jones,
who was able to sneak through the gap that was formerly Lenon's
responsibility. The hit left Lenon momentarily dazed, while 'Sledge' drew a
large ovation from the crowd.
Rookie safety Daniel Bullocks was easily the most impressive
defensive player on Saturday. Bullocks recorded an interception when McCown attempted
to thread the needle between four defenders during red zone plays. Later, he
read McCown perfectly during 11-on-11 work, picking the pass off while
flattening receiver Brett Fischer.
Second-year offensive lineman Kelly Butler practiced extensively at
right tackle. With an injury sidelining projected starter Rex Tucker, Butler
-- who started 16 games as a rookie last year at RT -- saw work with both the
first team and second team at the position. Butler seemed to hold his own
against defensive ends Kalimba Edwards and Cory Redding. Rick DeMulling
replaced the injured Damien Woody (hand) at right guard with the first team.
Roy Williams turned in a strong effort, and
Charles Rogers was a non-factor,
third-year receiver Glenn Martinez was simply effective. Martinez spent
time with the first, second and third team offenses and never disappointed.
Martinez was able to get separation from his defender, catch the football and
Lions' linebacker Teddy Lehman, a PUP list player due to a nagging
foot injury, practiced with the rest of the linebackers during light drill
work. Lehman was clearly favoring the injury, and did not exert himself.