Lions Training Camp: 5 Takeaways from Day 10

Here are five takeaways from Day 10 of training camp for the Lions in Allen Park
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The Lions went inside for practice Friday for the first time since they started practicing with pads during training camp this summer. 

As with practice outside at the organization's practice facility in Allen Park, the day had its fair share of interesting moments.

Here are my five biggest takeaways from Friday's practice -- Day 10 of training camp for the Lions. 

Romeo Okwara comes up with highlight play 

The fifth-year defensive end hasn't had a notable camp up to this point, but came through with what the Detroit Free Press labeled as the "play of the day" Friday. 

He hauled in an interception on a goal-line pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford that was intended for tight end Isaac Nauta. 

The pass proceeded to be broken up by safety Tracy Walker before Okwara came diving in for the pick. 

Okwara's playing time in 2020 will be dictated by the health of fellow defensive end Trey Flowers. If Flowers is able to stay healthy, Okwara likely won't see a lot of first-team reps for the Lions this upcoming season. 

Matthew Stafford has been "awesome" throughout training camp 

The 12th-year passer has maintained great zip on his passes all throughout training camp, and he showcased it again on Friday. 

The greatest example of it might have been his throw to Marvin Hall in the corner of the end zone on a third-and-10 play from the opponent's 32-yard line. 

The Lions, at the time, were practicing situational football, and were down by four points, with a touchdown being needed to win the game.

Stafford came through in the "big moment," and delivered a throw that zoomed past rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah and ended up in the hands of Hall for the score, according to the Detroit Free Press. 

It was a beautifully thrown ball with just the right zip on it. 

And it was just another example of how "awesome" -- as his head coach Matt Patricia put it Friday during a pre-practice media session -- Detroit's longtime franchise passer has looked in training camp up to this point.

Cornerback Mike Ford suffers apparent right leg injury 

The third-year pro left practice early Friday with a freak leg injury that didn't look good from the jump. 

It happened when he was covering receiver Victor Bolden -- a play on which he caused an incompletion. 

While doing so, he reportedly stepped on Bolden and landed awkwardly.

The severity of the injury isn't known yet. 

But, regardless, it badly jeopardizes his chances of making the Lions' 53-man roster out of training camp.

Ty Johnson's stock continues to improve 

Johnson has hugely benefited from fellow running backs D'Andre Swift and Bo Scarbrough missing an ample amount of practice time, and it was the case once again Friday. 

The biggest activity for both Swift and Scarbrough was working out with trainers on the side of the field.

It allowed Johnson to get in a good amount of work Friday, and he's impressed when he's been given the opportunity to receive reps at running back so far this summer in Allen Park.

His ability to be an impact performer on special teams and his ability to be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield should allow him to have a role carved out for him in Detroit's offense in 2020, especially if Swift and/or Scarbrough succumb to injury at any point during the regular season. 

Desmond Trufant is proving to be a nice veteran presence in secondary

Trufant has been a valuable mentor to Okudah, Detroit's 2020 first-round pick, all throughout training camp. 

And Trufant's presence should buy Okudah some time to go through some expected bumps in the road as a rookie and to more easily grow into his eventual role as the Lions' top cover corner. 

Trufant has also shown a willingness to "mix it up" with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. when going head-to-head with Detroit's top two receivers.

All in all, he looks to be a solid addition for a defense that struggled mightily in pass coverage a year ago.