Lions minicamp observations: Undrafted WR Teo Redding stands out
Allen Park — Here are some notes and observations from the second day of the Detroit Lions' mandatory minicamp.
■ It's too early to start any hype trains, but undrafted wide receiver Teo Redding has been one of the early offseason surprises. The 6-foot-1 receiver out of Bowling Green is showing off his explosive leaping ability (38.5-inch vertical) and good hands, making a couple of full-extension grabs on deep passes from backup quarterback Matt Cassel.
Of course the level of competition must be considered. Redding isn't working against Darius Slay or Teez Tabor in these practices. Redding also is going to be prone to rookie mistakes, like a miscommunication on a route where he came back to the ball and Cassel looked to hit the young receiver deep down the sideline.
Still, there's opportunity for a receiver to excel this offseason and snag a roster spot. The Lions went light on receivers in 2016, carrying just four into the season, but the team easily could make room for a fifth.
■ Tabor continued to get a lot of work with the first-team defense, and for the second consecutive day, he picked off quarterback Matthew Stafford. There's still plenty of inconsistency in his game, and he gave up more than his fair share of completions on Wednesday, but capitalizing on his opportunities to make big plays is promising.
■ Kenny Golladay had a strong day of practice and beat Tabor for touchdowns on back-to-back plays in seven-on-sevens. On the first, the receiver ran a sharp post, hauling in a dart from Stafford, then came back and finished off a back-shoulder fade in the end zone from 10 yards out.
■ Stafford's deep ball, which was an important part of his arsenal in 2017, continues to be highly accurate. Stafford dropped a perfectly arcing pass into the arms of Marvin Jones for a long touchdown against Slay. Later in the practice, Stafford rifled a ball into the "turkey hole" to Golden Tate.
■ Fullback Nick Bawden suffered a right leg injury working a special teams drill. It didn't look good and the NFL Network is reporting that the team fears the rookie suffered a torn ACL.
■ One of the more noticeable changes between this coaching staff and the previous one is the amount of running done in practice. The players are constantly being made to run laps and occasional sprints.