July 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Lions camp observations: Constant changes keep players on their toes

Detroit News sports writers on Day 2 of Lions trai...
Detroit News sports writers on Day 2 of Lions trai...: Josh Katzenstein and Rod Beard discuss the Lions

Allen Park — Day 2 of Lions training camp looked just like Day 1 as the constantly changing personnel continued.

“It’s not quite like a hockey line, but we move them in and out as much as we can,” coach Jim Caldwell said.

On defense, players in the front seven are constantly changing, and skill-position players on offense rotate nearly every play in team drills.

“It’s only going to help us,” safety Glover Quin said. “Everybody’s getting a lot of reps, so you’re going to have to be in shape, you’re going to have to be able to run and it’s good.”

Here are some of the things that stood out in camp Tuesday:

* Second-round linebacker Kyle Van Noy returned to practice after suffering a thumb injury Monday.

* Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and sixth-round receiver TJ Jones (shoulder) both remained out, but Ansah worked out with a trainer on the side, including doing some work hitting a pad.

* The Lions’ kicker battle didn’t become any clearer as rookie Nate Freese missed a 49-yarder wide left and Giorgio Tavecchio missed his 49-yarder short.

* Wide receiver Cody Wilson and offensive guard Alex Bullard both sat with unspecified injuries.

* Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree had another impressive day, and it looks like he’ll have the first shot at the No. 3 receiver job.

* Ogletree, Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate have had the most work with Matthew Stafford, but Kris Durham, Jeremy Ross and Ryan Broyles also have been involved with a first team that constantly rotates players in and out.

* LaAdrian Waddle played right tackle with the first-team offense, so it looks like he and Corey Hilliard will switch off each day.

* Tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Jordan Thompson worked on blocking with the offensive line while fellow tight ends Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria ran routes in an offensive drill.

* Ebron had a couple more drops, one in 7-on-7s and one in a 1-on-1 against Quin.

* All of the tight ends will line up in different positions, whether in the backfield, on the line or out wide.

*Punter Sam Martin had some strong punts, including one that went 62 yards.

*Free-agent receiver Golden Tate showed some of the skills that made the Lions sign him, specifically on one pass he caught in front of cornerback Darius Slay, then turned around on a dime and went upfield.

*Running back Reggie Bush had a drop in an offensive drill, but made up for it with two nice deep catches, one against linebacker DeAndre Levy and another against linebacker Stephen Tulloch.


Lions running back Reggie Bush had a dropped pass Tuesday at training camp, but made up for it with a pair of deep catches. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News