Camp Notebook: O'Sullivan passing Orlovsky?

One of the few positional battles at the Detroit Lions training camp in Allen Park is a hot one, with NFL Europe product J.T. O'Sullivan giving former fifth-round pick Dan Orlovsky a run for his money. Many more notes inside.


  • WR Calvin Johnson on calling him a 'future Hall of Famer': "That's crazy. That's their job. Hopefully I come out here throughout my career and prove them right."
  • WR Roy Williams on the offense's progress: "We're a little bit more comfortable with it (now). So hopefully this year we can put up 40 points a game."
  • DE Kalimba Edwards is making some moves he simply wouldn't have made last year. He is more decisive and finishing better.
  • DT Langston Moore has caught coach Rod Marinelli's eye with his explosiveness. Marinelli wants to find a good fourth tackle to follow Cory Redding, Shaun Rogers and Shaun Cody.
  • TE Darnell Sanders has been getting a lot of reps with the first team, with Dan Campbell nursing an elbow problem and Eric Beverly retired. QB Jon Kitna praised him.
  • WR Troy Walters is fighting for the fifth receiver spot. He is increasing his chances by making himself useful on returns.
  • RB T.J. Duckett has gotten some reps as a fullback, but so far it's just to see what he can do.

    BATTLE OF THE WEEK: J.T. O'Sullivan vs. Dan Orlovsky for backup QB -- The situation has changed a bit now that Drew Stanton is on injured reserve. The Lions could keep both on the roster. But you never know, the Lions still could keep just one and go with two quarterbacks on the roster. O'Sullivan continues to get reps ahead of Orlovsky.

    OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: There isn't much competition for starting spots. One guy to watch is Eddie Drummond. He hasn't been getting much action at wide receiver and isn't happy about it. Some coaches might not want to keep a guy who plays only special teams, even if he once went to the Pro Bowl as a returner.

    PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CB Keith Smith -- The Lions have simplified things for Smith, asking him to play right corner and nothing else, and he has responded. He seems more confident and decisive. "No. 23 every single day is making plays," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said. "So I'm really happy with where Keith Smith is at."

    ROOKIE REPORT: Wide receiver Calvin Johnson ended his holdout, reported to camp and jumped right in with the first team. ... Quarterback Drew Stanton went on injured reserve with a knee problem. The injury isn't serious, but Stanton was going to miss the valuable practice time in training camp. He'll sit and learn this season, which was the plan, anyway.

    INJURY REPORT: Quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) went on injured reserve. ... Linebacker Teddy Lehman (shoulder) is week-to-week. ... Wide receiver Shaun McDonald (knee), fullback Casey Fitzsimmons (hip), returner Eddie Drummond (hip), wide receiver Kevin Kasper (hamstring) and defensive end Dewayne White (groin) are among those who have been nursing minor injuries. ... Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (knee), wide receiver Devale Ellis (knee) and running back Kevin Jones (foot) remain on the physically unable to perform list. All could be ready for the opener, though Jones' status is more uncertain than the others'.

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