August 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Lions camp observations: Players stick to two-song playlist; Jim Caldwell will veto anything 'not clean'

Lions camp report Monday Aug. 11
Lions camp report Monday Aug. 11: Sports writer Josh Katzenstein on Nick Fairley

Allen Park — Matthew Stafford threw his first interception in a team drill of training camp Monday, but the biggest takeaway was with the ears, not the eyes.

During 7-on-7 drills, the Lions blasted music to simulate the crowd noise they’ll face in Oakland on Friday night when they play the Raiders.

The two-song playlist started with “Higher Ground” by TNGHT, an electronic dance song that center Dominic Raiola said he chose. The second song was the 1980s hip-hop jam “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force.

Even though players remained focused on the 7-on-7 plays, there was a noticeable pep in their step.

“It just so happens that it’s something that they like,” Caldwell said. “They seem to catch the rhythm of it.”

There was no Drake or Kendrick Lamar, two locker-room favorites in 2013, and that’s because Caldwell has power to veto the playlists.

“We don’t play anything that’s not clean, that’s for sure,” Caldwell said.

The Lions even listened to Motown music during one indoor session, Caldwell said.

Here are other observations from Monday:

■ Stafford’s interception came on a wobbly pass during 11-on-11 play that bounced off tight end Brandon Pettigrew’s hands and right to cornerback Bill Bentley, who returned it for a touchdown.

The situation had the Lions down 4 with 90 seconds left starting at their own 30, and the interception came on the second play of the drive. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson dropped a pass on the first play.

■ The second-team offense didn’t fare any better under the same circumstances with Dan Orlovsky throwing an interception to Chris Greenwood.

■ In the situational plays that followed, Ryan Broyles made an acrobatic catch over the middle between two defenders, maintaining momentum from his strong performance in Saturday’s exhibition game.

■ Linebacker Kyle Van Noy continued to run drills with the defensive line in camp. Even when he plays in a base package, Van Noy is typically closer to the line of scrimmage than the other linebackers.

■ The Lions also showed more of the four linemen, four linebackers set they flashed during Saturday’s game. Van Noy was the fourth linebacker, and Ashlee Palmer is still playing with the starters.

■ Jeremy Ross had another one-handed catch, something he’s done several times, including a few unnecessary ones, during camp.

■ Defensive end Jason Jones played tackle during some of the 11-on-11 plays. When he moved inside, Devin Taylor and Darryl Tapp were the ends.

■ Johnson practiced after sitting Saturday’s game. Running back Theo Riddick and linebacker Tahir Whitehead also practiced after suffering injuries in the game.

■ Offensive guard Larry Warford and safety Don Carey missed practice with undisclosed ailments. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and wide receiver TJ Jones remained on the physically unable to perform list.

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell vows to have only 'clean' must in the locker room this year. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News