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Training camp observations: Darius Slay, Teez Tabor, TJ Jones shine in Indy

August 10th, 2017 at 2:17 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Detroit Lions held their first of two joint practices with the Colts on Thursday morning. Here are some notes from the workout.

– First things first, these joint practices have a decidedly different feel to them than last year’s workouts with the Steelers. Rather than a college stadium tucked in the mountain countryside, Detroit is at the Colts’ practice facility in North Indianapolis. And rather than a few thousand fans hollering at their every move, there were just a few season-ticket holders and other special guests on hand. In other words, the energy has been far less raucous than what Detroit experienced last year.

РWith that said, the competition was still fierce. During team drills, safety Alex Carter grabbed Colts receiver Chester Rogers and threw him to the turf. During red-zone work, rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis cracked tailback Robert Turbin in one of the most violent collisions of the workout. And during one-on-ones, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata dumped Deyshawn Bond right on his ass with a powerful bull rush.

–The tempo of the practice was outstanding, with very little time wasted between drills and plays. The first-team offense and first-team defense worked simultaneously on different fields against the Colts, which made it tough to follow all the action. I chose to watch the offense more closely than the defense, although the defense clearly made life difficult for QB Scott Tolzien (who replaced the injured Andrew Luck). Darius Slay was especially good, tipping the ball to himself for one interception along the left sideline, then grabbing another off a tipped ball over the middle.¬†

Detroit cycled through its defensive backs quickly during the workout, which put Teez Tabor on the field for quite a few reps against Indy’…

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