Camp observations: Ebron, Washington nearing return
Allen Park — Here are some notes and observations from the Detroit Lions’ eighth training camp practice.
■Tight end Eric Ebron and defensive lineman Cornelius Washington appear close to returning to practice. Both players advanced in their sideline activities, working on cutting and change of direction. Assuming they don’t suffers setbacks, they could return for the joint practices in Indianapolis this week.
■Retired kicker Jason Hanson, former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and Pistons point guard Ish Smith attended Monday’s practice.
■Kenny Golladay is mortal. The rookie receiver nearly made a ridiculous catch, powering through tight coverage from Nevin Lawson and reaching around the veteran cornerback to get a hand on a deep pass. After a couple bobbles, Golladay couldn’t quite manage to corral what would have been a highlight-reel grab.
■Jarrad Davis got a rude introduction to Theo Riddick’s ability to shake a defender in coverage. It’s pretty well known around these parts that Riddick really only has one move — shake and stick — but no one is able to stop it. The running back set up Davis, getting him to lean to the outside before snapping the route inside for an easy catch in seven-on-seven.
■Cornerback Johnson Bademosi had a nice day, breaking up a pass in seven-on-seven and snagging an impressive over-the-shoulder interception on a Jake Rudock downfield throw intended for Jared Abbrederis.
■Veteran running back Matt Asiata got a bump up the depth chart for the day, working with the second team in a practice segment testing the offense in the shadow of its own goal line. He also spent some time with the top unit during some later full-team work.
■Cornerback D.J. Hayden also seems to be getting a better feel for the scheme, putting together another strong practice. He had a pair of pass breakups, including a near-interception when he stepped in front of a Rudock pass.
■Joe Dahl continued to flex his versatility, taking some snaps at center. After playing some left tackle this offseason, he’s primarily worked at guard. He’s taken the first-team reps in place of T.J. Lang the past two days with the snaps at center coming with the second unit.
Lang continues to miss significant practice time as he comes back from offseason hip surgery. Coach Jim Caldwell painted the light schedule as a precautionary measure.
■In one-on-one pass-rush work, rookie Jeremiah Ledbetter continues to impress. He forced center Leo Koloamatangi to hold and blew past guard Laken Tomlinson on another rep.
Speaking of leaving the blocker in the dust, A’Shawn Robinson had his best rep from the drill this camp. After working a stalemate against guard Graham Glasgow on an earlier rep, Robinson sprung out of his stance like a cat in the rematch, easily blowing past his man.