Key observations from the first day of Detroit Lions training camp

Quintez Cephus is fighting for his place in the receiving corps. The third-year receiver had a very eventful first day of camp.

In positional drills, Cephus was visibly the slowest receiver. The wides ran a drill where they were stacked with one player one step ahead of another. At the whistle, the player behind had to catch up with the player in front.

In both repeats I watched, Cephus was knocked out of line as a “hunter” by Kalif Raymond. No shame in that, Raymond is a blazer. But the rep where Cephus was ahead really showed his lack of explosiveness and speed off the line.

DJ Chark, like Raymond a particularly fast guy, caught Cephus in one step and then passed him easily before the pair came 10 meters down the field. Chark looked great athletically and he’s also noticeably a bit taller and longer than Cephus.

Then came a 7-on-7 passing drill and Cephus made the play of the day. It was a fantastic display of strength and focus, filmed by the Lions camera crew:

Cephus made a similar take on the last day of minicamp in June. He just has a knack for making the difficult grip.

Then came the next two reps he was involved with in the same exercise. Okudah completely locked it on the first rep. On the next shot, a badly thrown ball a little behind Cephus broke with very little reaction from the No. 87 to try to secure a hold or stop a potential INT.

Cephus brought the sizzle on Wednesday, but he needs more steak games to secure his spot on the roster.

Charles P. Patton