Camp observations: Robinson dominates first-team LT reps
Allen Park — Here are some notes and observations from the Detroit Lions’ ninth training camp practice.
■ Cornerback Johnson Bademosi continues to come up with some of the best defensive plays in camp. After snagging an impressive, over-the-shoulder interception earlier this week, Bademosi flashed his impressive vertical leaping ability to bat away a pass intended for rookie receiver Kenny Golladay.
Even better for the defense, the deflected pass didn’t fall harmlessly to the ground, but was intercepted by second-year safety Charles Washington.
■ The Lions' defensive line got another boost on Wednesday with the return of Cornelius Washington. He had missed more than a week after injuring his leg the second day of camp. He was limited to individual drills for this session.
■ Tight end Eric Ebron, defensive tackle Jordan Hill, running back Mike James and offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas remained sidelined. They were joined on the injured list by running back Theo Riddick and linebacker Nick Bellore.
Riddick’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious. He was running on the side with a trainer.
■ Defensive end Anthony Zettel was held out of team drills. With Washington also sidelined during these segments, undrafted rookie Alex Barrett took his first reps with the top unit, working opposite Kerry Hyder Jr.
■ The Lions worked on combination routes during individual drills, with two wide receivers going against two defensive backs. Receiver Keshawn Martin continued to look impressive. Operating in the short areas of the field, he got the best of rookie cornerback Jamal Agnew twice.
Cornerbacks Nevin Lawson and Adairius Barnes came up with the only pass breakups during the drill.
Most of the throws during the segment were short, but quarterback Matthew Stafford dropped a pretty deep ball to TJ Jones for a long touchdown with Bademosi in coverage. The veteran cornerback wasn’t in bad position, but lost his footing just before the ball arrived.
■ Stafford was sharp much of the morning, making difficult throws in tight windows look easy to Golden Tate and Jones.
■ After being listed as the starter on the team’s first unofficial depth chart, Greg Robinson took all the first-team snaps at left tackle.
■ Usually, when a player is added to the roster, even if they are re-signed, they are slowly worked back into the mix. That wasn’t the case for tight end Tim Wright, who saw time with the first-team offense during seven-on-seven drills and was even the target on a special teams fake.