Detroit Lions training camp Day 12 observations: Jared Goff continues to impress

After going only with shells on Monday, the Detroit Lions he returned to practice Tuesday ready to go with full sanitary pads. There were some live tackling drills, some intense goal line drills and lots of energy for everyone.

Although the practice was a little shorter than normal (less than two hours), there were plenty of observations of the 12th training camp practice of the year.

Let’s get into it.

In case you missed one of our previous observations:

Attendance/Injury Updates

After their regular days off, Taylor Decker and D’Andre Swift were back in action with sanitary pads on Tuesday. Wide receiver Josh Johnson also returned after a day off.

However, the following players remained sidelined: Quintez Cephus, Ifatu Melifonwu, Julian Okwara and Levi Onwuzurike.

Before practice, coach Dan Campbell noted that with both Okwara and Onwuzurike, his injuries shouldn’t threaten any regular-season timebut it could be a week or two before they are ready to go.

In good news, Cephus was out and about, jogging lightly and trying out his jumps a bit. When a player is working on the sidelines like that, it’s usually a good sign that they’re a few days away from their full return.

The only new addition to the fringe players was Trinity Benson, but he was also moving pretty well and had some time on the Jugs machine.

Jared Goff is marked

I’ve probably said it a few times already, but this may have been Jared Goff’s best day in camp. His deep ball was absolutely on point all day. He had at least three completions of 30 or more passing yards during team drills. He connected with DJ Chark and Amon-Ra St. Brown a couple of times on deep shots, often requiring perfect placement in tight cover.

After practice, Goff talked about the chemistry he’s building with his receiving corps, specifically Chark.

“I think he’s coming back now and he’s very confident and he’s playing good and fast,” Goff said. “Like you said, that second gear, as a quarterback, you almost feel like you can throw it anywhere, and he’s going to get it. It’s a good feeling.

At this point last year, we were all worried about how little the Lions were able (or even willing) to push the ball downfield, and rightfully so, as it turns out. This year, Goff joked with the media when asked how much they were throwing deep this year.

“No, we don’t do that here. We didn’t throw it on the field at all.”

Touched, Jared.

Short yardage situations

For the first time this camp, the Lions worked two different short-yardage scenarios, practically going head-to-head in both drills. The first scenario was just a simple third-and-1 drill. Here’s how the first team performed:

  • Jamaal Williams with a pretty easy pick up on the right side.
  • Game-action pass that led to broken coverage and a wide-open TJ Hockenson for a 25-yard touchdown. It’s hard to know who was at fault, but Tracy Walker was the closest defender.
  • Alim McNeill and Aidan Hutchinson stopped the running back at least 2 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Second team:

  • A jet swept past Kalif Raymond who went for a touchdown after Mike Hughes tripped over Kerby Joseph.
  • Craig Reynolds broke up a Shaun Dion Hamilton tackle for the first down.
  • Josh Woods stopped Jermar Jefferson shortly before the first down.

So the first-team offense went 2-for-3 in both situations.

They then went down to the goal line for a 1-yard goal situation. Here’s how it went for the three first-team representatives:

  • Jamaal Williams lowers his shoulder to score easily down the right side and proceeded to take off his helmet and yell at everyone.
  • Jefferson essentially did the same thing.
  • An engineered shot, Jared Goff couldn’t find anyone, and a late pass attempt was deflected down the line.

Both:

  • Jamaal Williams was initially stopped, but he deflected the push from the defensive line and went in.
  • Defensive lineman John Cominsky got some good penetration, but couldn’t bring Reynolds down before the score.
  • Jeff Okudah stepped up and hit him at the goal line, but Jefferson crossed the plane.

In all, the first-team offense went 4-for-6 in these drills, and the second-team went 5-for-6.

OL/DL 1v1

It was another solid day for the offensive line during one-on-one drills, with Penei Sewell again doing a great job against Aidan Hutchinson, who has yet to really shine during these drills. Jonah Jackson and Frank Ragnow were the standouts as they shut down Michael Brockers and Alim McNeill quite regularly.

That said, I still believe the best may be yet to come with Charles Harris. He has so many tools in his toolbox. He is violent with his hands. He did a big spinning move on Dan Skipper. And a small stammering step made Obinna Eze freeze in his stance. That performance carried over into team drills, where I credited Harris with a losing tackle and a good coverage replay that forced Goff to scramble for minimal gain.

Another defensive lineman who continues to intrigue me is John Cominsky. I had him win all three one-on-one reps I saw, including an impressive ripping move on Darrin Paulo, who has actually been very good during this one-on-one camp. He also had pressure during team exercises.

With Josh Paschal potentially out for some time to start the year, that could open up an opportunity for Cominsky, who plays a very similar game to Paschal and has game experience from his three seasons with the Falcons.

Random Notes:

  • The Lions successfully pulled off a trick play to start team drills. And while team rules prevent me from giving details of the play, let’s just say it resulted in a big finish for DJ Chark.
  • Another strong day from James Houston, who received a forfeit during team drills due to a heavy chase from the rear. He also had a nice inside move on Kendall Lamm during one-on-ones.
  • Tough day for Austin Seibert, who missed wide to the right on kicks of 53 and 46 before drilling a 42-yard shot. Riley Patterson made all three field goal attempts.
  • Jarrad Davis didn’t look great during one-on-one tackle drills, but he did make some big plays during team drills. He scored a big tackle for loss on Godwin Igwebuike, put some good pressure on a drive up the middle, and when Shaun Dion Hamilton was sent on a drive on another play, he forced Tim Boyle to make a correct throw to Davis. hands for easy interception.
  • Rookie tight end James Mitchell had a “welcome to the NFL” moment during team drills. Tasked with blocking the pass to Austin Bryant, Mitchell missed completely, giving up a sack to Bryant almost immediately.
  • The Lions opened with one-on-one tackling drills, as they often do in this camp. I thought the linebackers had a good day, with Malcolm Rodriguez, Josh Woods and Anthony Pittman getting early wins against running backs.

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