Camp observations: Lions' CB Bademosi bounces back
Allen Park — Here are some notes and observations from the Detroit Lions’ training camp practice on Friday:
• Noted for his special teams prowess, Johnson Bademosi has been given an extended opportunity at cornerback with the Lions. It hasn't always gone smoothly as he's given up a number of big plays this offseason, but on Friday he made a couple big plays of his own.
In one-on-one drills, Bademosi perfectly played rookie receiver Jay Lee's comeback route, coming away with the interception. Later, during full-team work, the defensive back knocked down a throw that had been tipped at the line of scrimmage, but was still going to reach its intended target.
It wasn't a flawless day for Bademosi. He did give up a big catch to Quinshad Davis, who adjusted to an underthrown deep ball, using his big frame to escape Bademosi's tight coverage and make the reception.
• There was some tinkering with the depth chart at linebacker as Josh Bynes took some first-team reps in place of Jon Bostic (who has been filling in for DeAndre Levy). Bynes is a solid player, who may lack sizzle, but gives you consistent performances week in and week out. He did a nice job for Detroit last year and certainly merits a continued look at that spot while Levy remains sidelined.
• Running back Theo Riddick was a full participant during Friday's practice after missing two sessions earlier in the week and being limited to individual drills on Thursday. Tight end Eric Ebron did not practice with what coach Jim Caldwell called typical nicks and bruises from camp. Also not practicing was wide receiver Andre Caldwell.
• Linebacker Kyle Van Noy, working with the second-team defense during an 11-on-11 segment, perfectly read and reacted to a Dan Orlovsky throw out to the flat. Van Noy jumped the route, got both hands on the pass and should have intercepted it. Instead, he tipped it high into the air where the receiver still managed to come up with it.
The one-on-one pass rush drills continue to be the most intense battles during camp. Here are a few observations:
• Guard Larry Warford had a dominant day, completely stuffing the rush attempts of Caraun Reid and Stefan Charles. Reid has looked rough since returning from offseason ankle surgery and a local media member commented he might no longer be the roster lock we viewed him to be coming into camp. Given the depth at the position, it's not inconceivable the Lions go a different direction, but there's still a lot of time for that stuff to sort itself out.
• One under-the-radar guy pushing for a roster spot is defensive tackle Khyri Thornton. He blew up center Travis Swanson during one rep and raced past rookie Joe Dahl on another.
• Dahl had a rough day in the drill, his second in a row. He also got badly beaten by defensive tackle Charles.
• There was some added tension during two snaps as defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson and guard Laken Tomlinson both played past the whistle. Robinson was overly aggressive, shoving Swanson after a hotly contested rep. And Tomlinson unnecessarily tossed defensive tackle Gabe Wright hard to the ground at the end of a rep won by Wright.
• Ezekiel Ansah took Taylor Decker to school in their lone matchup as the defensive end ripped past the rookie tackle with speed around the outside. We also saw Riley Reiff take a rare "L" on the right side as veteran defensive end Wallace Gilberry got the best of the duel.