Here are some notes from Monday's Lions camp:
- Tight end Eric Ebron, always a focal point, made a pair of nice grabs across the middle of the field. A couple snaps later, Ebron made a difficult back-shoulder grab over linebacker Stephen Tulloch, leaping and twisting to haul in the Matthew Stafford throw.
- Stafford picked up right where he left off from minicamp, with good accuracy at all levels. He completed eight of his first 10 passes in team drills, with the two incompletions both being knocked away from Corey Fuller by a defender. Late in the session, Stafford connected on a bomb down the middle to Calvin Johnson, over Darius Slay and Glover Quin.
- Johnson, perhaps energized by the crowd and the first day of the camp, was more aggressive than usual. The star wide receiver ended up on the ground multiple times during the non-contact session, including a diving grab on an out route against Slay in one-on-one drills. Coach Jim Caldwell said he'll need to remind Johnson not to willingly leave his feet during practice.
- We can still only tell so much without pads, but running back Ameer Abdullah's ability to change direction and burst through the running lane is evident. He also successfully ran a nice delayed screen, weaving his way through the second level of defenders. The second-round draft pick has shown steady improvement from the day he stepped on the field with this organization and looks like he's going to be a significant contributor from the start.
- Joseph Fauria looks healthy after missing much of the early portion of the offseason program. The big tight end caught a pass down the middle, double-clutching it as safety Don Carey dove in front trying to knock it down. Fauria then sprinted all the way to the end zone and revved up the crowd with a little, let's call it gyration.
- Joique Bell worked out on the side with a trainer, with the running back aggressively running suicide sprints. It doesn't appear he'll be out of action long.