- The Lions completed their 10th day of training camp today. The team practiced in front of 1,561 fans during the team's "Black & Blue Fan Day" brought to you by Wireless GIANTÂ in Allen Park.
- S Daniel Bullocks, TE Dan Campbell, WR Shaun McDonald and G Edwin Mulitalo all remain on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and did not participate in practice today.
- Tickets are still available for the Detroit Lions 2008 preseason home opener against the New York Giants Thursday, August 7. The preseason home opener must be sold out by the NFL-mandated deadline of 72 hours before kickoff in order to lift the local television (Metro Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw/Flint and Toledo markets) blackout. If a sellout is not reached by the deadline, the game will not air live in the blackout areas, including WWJTV 62/CBS in Metro Detroit. Fans can buy preseason game tickets by calling TicketMaster at 248.645.6666, in person at the Ford Field Ticket Office and TicketMaster outlets or online at Detroitlions.com and Ticketmaster.com.
- The Detroit Lions will open additional training camp practices to the general public at the Lions Headquarters and Training Facility in Allen Park. The general public is invited to attend Lions training camp Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12 in addition to previously scheduled open practices (August 4-5). Training camp practice viewing areas at the Lions Headquarters and Training Facility in Allen Park have been increased to accommodate approximately 700 fans and access will be limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are two full squad practice sessions scheduled for Monday, August 11 that begin at 8:35 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Gates will open 30 minutes prior to each session. There two sessions open on Tuesday, August 12 are slated to begin at 8:35 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (special teams only).
- The 12th annual Detroit Lions Kickoff Luncheon presented by Tribute Restaurant and the Wisne Family and hosted by the Detroit Economic Club will be held on Wednesday, August 27, at Cobo Center, downtown Detroit. Lunch will begin at noon followed by the program that will feature Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli and the introduction of the 2008 Detroit Lions. The entire team annually attends the luncheon and awards from the 2007 season will be presented. Players receiving awards will include: Most Valuable Players Dominic Raiola (offense), Ernie Sims (defense) and Alex Lewis (special teams). Other awards will go to Gerald Alexander, Jared DeVries, Mike Furrey, Stephen Peterman, Cory Redding and Keith Smith. A portion of the proceeds from the luncheon will go to Detroit Lions Charities, the Lions' non-profit foundation that has donated more than $4.8 million to charities in Michigan. The primary recipient of Charities' proceeds from the luncheon will be Think Detroit PAL youth football, which includes approximately 3,000 Detroit children playing football in the nation's largest after-school tackle league. Tickets for the luncheon, which is open to the general public, are $60. To purchase tickets or for more information go online to www.econclub.org or www.detroitlions.com.
TRAINING CAMP ACCESS FOR GENERAL PUBLIC
Monday, August 4 will be the next 2008 Lions training camp practice sessions open to the general public. Practices begin at 8:35 AM and 4:30 PM. Training camp practice viewing areas at the team's headquarters and training facility in Allen Park have been increased to accommodate approximately 700 fans on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is available in designated lots on Republic Drive near the Lions Headquarters and Training Facility. Gates will open 30 minutes prior to the start of each practice session (ex: 8:05 a.m. for 8:35 a.m. practice). Re-entry is not permitted and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Personal belongings are subject to inspection upon entry and items not permitted into open practices include: professional cameras (lenses over five inches long and/or 50mm or above), any video camera, food, beverage, coolers, lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, backpacks or large bags. The fan viewing area features: bleacher seating areas, additional standing areas, a shaded tent area, The Roar & More team store, offering items such as official 2008 Training Camp and Sideline apparel, and concessions. Though autographs are not guaranteed, it is common for Lions' players and coaches to meet fans following practice sessions.
LIONS HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
On LB Buster Davis: "He just got hit in the head there - so we're just going to check him out."
On the general feeling about how practice ended with the two-minute drill: "You get happy on one side and not on the other. You would like to go down and score and at the same time not let them score when you're working against each other. So just mechanics are there and put them under the gun a little bit today.
"I tell you what though: I make this about as difficult as I can make it. For the coaches and for the players - and they're tired and I force them to concentrate, substitute and all that is chaotic for them. If a guy goes down, you've got to substitute and it's tough on the coaches and it's good. That's great work for us."
On the appearance that the defense is ahead of the offense: "I've taken the rhythm out of the team - (that's) the way I do it. Then all of the sudden they might get a nice run on first down for six yards and now they're second-and-four or second-and-two . I change it up on them. So the rhythm is not there. The idea was to get the fundamental work and get every situation: get substitution, get kicking involved in the substitution and all of the mechanics of the game. That's what I was trying to accomplish."
On where he thinks the defense is at after 10 days of practice: "I'll have a better feel when we play somebody else really - as we go. What I do like about them is they'll hustle; they're on the details; they're working really hard in most areas. That's the part I like. We are just going to continue to make a physical investment in running it. We'll still continue to do that."
On rotating running backs Tatum Bell and Kevin Smith: "When you don't tackle them, it's hard to really (get a) feel. Once you get on film, you can see the cuts and the vision and if they're hitting it right."
On it not appearing that Bell and Smith have had many busted plays: "No, there weren't too many busts. They had a couple penalties in there, some illegal procedures. So we've got to stay on that. We're trying to use a cadence for our own benefit. We don't want it to bite us in the foot."
On whether T Gosder Cherilus will get some reps with the starters in the first preseason game: "We're just going to rotate guys as we go - yeah, he'll do some work all the way through it."
On a couple good catches by WR Roy Williams: "Oh yeah. Really, Roy has had a tremendous camp. You guys see him every day. Those two guys (Williams and Calvin Johnson) are just flying out here. So we just keep working."
On when they'll start preparing for the first preseason game against the New York Giants: "Here's what I'll do: on Monday morning, we go right back to an 'A' schedule, which means it'll be a heavy padded day and we'll work against each other and fundamentals. What happens is, if you start preparing for an opponent too early, you're starters don't play very much and now you're losing that fundamental work that you're trying to get. Monday will be just a two-a-day, shorts in the afternoon - just a normal practice; we're going to the run drills and all of those things. Then Tuesday, we'll go one-a-day and then we'll have a format of a regular season day practice. Then we'll get them (looking at) cards a little bit. I'm always concerned about getting to those cards too early. Things aren't crisp. But we've got to fight our way through it for two days and then we go play."
On the New York Giants: "Real good team. They do some stuff, in the run game especially, that's different. We need to see different stuff. The tugs, the powers, the counters, guards pulling - so that's great for us preparing; great preparation for us."
On the crowd at practice: "Oh, they were awesome. It's awesome. I came out and went, 'wow!' It's a ton of people and they're energetic. I love bringing them to Allen Park, I just love it. It's where our work is done. I just really appreciate all of the support all of the way through this."
On QB Jon Kitna moving around more: "(The) Boots are going to be great because it eliminates a man. If you get to an eight-man front and make it a seven-man front. When he comes out on a naked, someone's got to prepare for it so now you're dealing with a run game with potential seven-man fronts. That's all part of that. So you take a guy out of the box. Jon runs it really well and you can hit those big guys on crosses and you take some of the one-on-one pass blocking away."
On whether the team will be off tomorrow: "Yeah - it's the rules."
On the crowd at practice: "They've been awesome. I just can't say enough. We just want to go and do our work and become a heck of a team for them."