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Allen Park — Here are some notes and observations from the Detroit Lions' OTA practice on Monday, the final session open to the media before training camp next month. 

■ The attendance dipped slightly, since the final set of OTAs aren't mandatory. Safety Glover Quin, wide receiver Golden Tate and kicker Matt Prater were among those not participating Monday. 

■ The Lions are still in the early stages of their schematic installation, but that didn't prevent them from doing some work on a trick play. And while reporting rules prohibit me from providing specifics, it was well-executed, netting a long gain for the offense. 

■ Kenny Golladay is primed for a good season, but he got off to a rough start to this day, dropping a couple of balls during individual drills, including a fastball from quarterback Matthew Stafford that hit the receiver in the facemask as he turned to locate out of his break. 

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■ With Tate out, the Lions had Quandre Diggs and undrafted rookie Teo Redding mixed into the punt return rotation. Redding didn't do much returning in college, handling one kickoff and two punts at Bowling Green. 

■ Tate's absence also created additional opportunities for Jace Billingsley with the offense. The third-year receiver has been practicing with precision, and had a nice catch-and-run on a slant, thanks to a perfectly placed pass from backup quarterback Jake Rudock. 

■ Cornerback Teez Tabor made a nice break on a target intended for rookie receiver Deontez Alexander and did just enough to break up the pass. Borrowing from teammate Darius Slay, Tabor gave a quick finger wag. 

■ Alexander bounced back to make the best catch of the practice, seamlessly hauling in a deep ball over his shoulder. 

■ It was a good practice for tight end Luke Willson, who showed his ability to operate down the seam on a couple of occasions. His best grab came when Stafford put a ball slightly behind him and the tight end adjusted to make the twisting grab. 

■ Undrafted rookie linebacker Chad Meredith flashed his inner Dikembe Mutombo, aggressively batting a Matt Cassel pass several yards back toward the line of scrimmage.

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