Camp fires Day 6: Fan frenzy
Every day during training camp, Lions beat writer Dave Birkett takes you inside practice at Allen Park with a few notes, quotes and observations of interest.
The Lions just wrapped up their morning practice, their first public workout of the summer (previous sessions were open to invited guests and scheduled season-ticket holders) and drew more than 500 fans. One walked away with an autographed Mike Furrey football (courtesy of the team) and anyone who stuck around filled their autograph book with signatures. Just about every player stopped to sign. Kevin Smith and Dwight Smith were two of the most accommodating, while coach Rod Marinelli signed or chatted with anyone who said hi.
The biggest cheers of the day came when Mike Furrey beat Ramzee Robinson down the middle of the field for a deep touchdown pass. Safety LaMarcus Hicks tipped a ball on the next play, and a group of defensive players turned to the crowd to encourage cheers for their unit, too.
Jordon Dizon made his first interception of camp, picking off Jon Kitna in 11-on-11 team work. Fellow middle linebacker Buster Davis had the hit of the morning, blasting fullback Jerome Felton a few periods later. Felton had the hit of the day Monday when he knocked off Davis helmet with a ferocious block. That play was highlighted (and replayed) several times by Marinelli in the Monday night team meeting. No doubt it served as the impetus for Davis' good day.
Two other football-related observations: First, Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams weren't flawless Tuesday by any means, but they ooze so much talent it's silly. Johnson beat Robinson for a deep touchdown and just ran away from him in the final 10 yards with the ball still in the air. I don't imagine he'll be a Pro Bowler this year, but it won't be long. Second, Dovonte Edwards has a shot to make the team if the Lions keep five corners. Edwards has had a better camp than Robinson and Stanley Wilson so far.
Lastly, add two more names to the injury report in center Dominic Railoa and defensive tackle Langston Moore. Raiola has a sprained ankle and should be fine, though his absence Tuesday led to six fumbled quarterback-center exchanges. Moore sprained his shoulder Tuesday and is due for an MRI later today.