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Detroit Lions: Ten quick hits from today's OTAs

ALLEN PARK — Ten quick hits from the Detroit Lions organized team activities on Wednesday:

  1. Jim Caldwell talks to media after Wednesday's OTAs
    Second-round pick running back Ameer Abdullah runs smoothly and ran with starters at times. There’s a lot of mixing and matching on the offense. “One of the things that … he does a lot of things well for a young guy, but one that thing you notice quickly is he can catch the ball. He catches it and knows what to do with it when he gets it in his hands. He’s making good progress,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said.

  2. Caraun Reid, second-year defensive tackle, continues to impress Caldwell who saw him alone in the indoor facility early one morning working on his own just like Ndamukong Suh used to do.

  3. Cornerback Alex Carter, the third round pick, is getting “baptized” in his first week of OTAs. He couldn’t attend the previous two weeks because he was finished his junior year at Stanford. The Lions sent him videos of drills to work on so he was able to keep up to some extent.

  4. Ryan Broyles was absent and Caldwell said it was for personal reasons. Broyles and his wife Mary Beth welcomed their first child on Saturday — Sebastien Reid Broyles.

  5. Kellen Moore and Dan Orlovsky were sharing the reps for the No. 2 quarterback. Caldwell reminded again there is no depth chart just a rep chart.

  6. Manny Ramirez lined up at left guard with the starters in team drills. 

  7. Travis Swanson at center is doing “awesome” according to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

  8. LaAdrian Waddle and Joique Bell still are watching their teammates on the field but not practicing.

  9. Haloti Ngata is still absent. OTAs are voluntary and he didn’t participate last week either. Caldwell said Ngata has some personal things to attend to. The Lions' defense is not new to Ngata because the Ravens used the same system.

  10. The mystery of the barefoot-running quarterbacks has been solved. Turns out Dan Orlovsky was just trying to trick the media.

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