08/02/12Author: Anwar Richardson - Mlive.com
Willie Young is stepping up
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions wrapped up another day of training camp practice on Thursday.
Here are some of the things you need to know about today's practice:
-- Willie Young has been very consistent at left end. As Cliff Avril continues to holdout, Young has stood out during practices. If Young can find a way to hit the next level, he is poised for a breakout season.
-- Overall, Detroit's defensive line played well against the offensive line during one-on-one drills. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Sammie Hill were able to get past center Dominic Raiola in drills. Everette Brown also played incredibly strong.
-- Ndamukong Suh was dominant in one-on-one drills. He resembled the Suh of old with his power, but has seemingly added a few new moves to his arsenal.
-- Safety Louis Delmas, running Mikel Leshoure and linebacker Ronnie Sneed did not participate in Thursday's practice.
-- Left tackle Jeff Backus returned to practice with a hard cast on his right cast. He took first team reps on Thursday.
-- Linebacker Doug Hogue, linebacker John Wendling and cornerback Chris Houston grabbed interceptions during practice. Wendling and Houston intercepted quarterback Matthew Stafford, while Hogue picked off R.J. Archer.
-- Tackle Jonathan Scott was walking with a crutch and brace on right knee after practice. He was unsure how badly the damage was, but it did not look good.
-- Running back Stephfon Greene was carted off the field after practice, and limped into the team facility. His status is currently unknown.
-- Rookie linebacker Tahir Whitehead endured the wrath for defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham for letting tight end Tony Scheffler to get open on a play.
-- Tight end Brandon Pettigrew's right knee was worked on by team trainers during practice. He eventually hit the field and resumed practice.
-- Running back Keiland Williams received most of the second team reps in practice. Williams is more of a bruising type of running back. Stefan Logan did see action, but was limited.
-- Receiver Maurice Stovall and Calvin Johnson had spectacular back-to-back touchdown receptions during red zone drills. Stovall appears to be making a case for playing time as a receiver this year.comments powered by Disqus