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Lions WR Jay Lee has another strong showing, fighting for roster spot

DETROIT – The biggest news of the day was obvious, with tight end Eric Ebron carted off the Ford Field turf with a right leg injury, a tough ending to what had been a good day for the tight end.

He caught several passes, including a well-thrown ball down the seam from Matthew Stafford during a two-minute drill in the mock game the Lions put on Saturday for fans.

While Ebron's injury is the major story -- and the Lions have to hope it isn’t as serious as it initially appeared -- here is who and what else stood out Saturday.

1. Jay Lee is making a case: Lee, an undrafted free agent from Baylor, ran with the second unit, meaning Dan Orlovsky and Jake Rudock were his quarterbacks. Lee seemed to be a comfort-zone receiver for Orlovsky as the two connected six times, once for a touchdown. Lee also did a good job on intermediate routes and on deep routes. He forced Crezdon Butler into a pass-interference call on one play and beat Johnson Bademosi on another. He also did good work against the first unit. The No. 5 receiver spot appears to be pretty open right now, and Lee is starting to potentially put himself in position to make a run at the job. He said Saturday he knows he’s been evaluated daily, so does he think he’s putting together a good evaluation so far?

“I think I am,” Lee said, smiling. And he is. He really is.

2. Tyrunn Walker has an active day: By my count, Walker knocked down two passes at the line of scrimmage and seemed to continue to have pretty good movement among the defensive linemen. He’s likely in line for a starting job now next to Haloti Ngata and his combination of speed and size would make him a strong fourth addition to a defensive front that will have Ngata, Ezekiel Ansah and Devin Taylor.

3. Stafford starts really slow: It was a rough go of it early for the Lions quarterback. He threw an early interception to Darrin Walls and appeared out of rhythm for much of the first half of the mock game. What helped him find his rhythm? The two-minute drill, where Stafford appeared most comfortable the majority of last season as well. Stafford appeared to be much better in the second half, connecting with Marvin Jones often, but he seemed to be off-rhythm a bit. His best drive was the two-minute drill, where he completed 5 of 6 passes, including a touchdown to Golden Tate.

4. Don’t read too much into one practice: That’s the typical thought process throughout training camp, but it was especially important Saturday because the No. 1 offensive and defensive units were facing the No. 2 and No. 3 teams. So if a guy like Lee has a good practice, that’s a bit more notable than if the first team ran roughshod through the backups. And perhaps more concerning for the Lions is that it didn’t happen, even though every top-line starter got at least some playing time Saturday. But again, it’s only one practice. What they looked like as a whole -- and the Lions will get a better feel for that this week in Pennsylvania -- will be the more important thing.

5. This and that: Two notable changes on the depth chart have been taking place over the past few days. Josh Bynes has been working with the No. 1 group at weakside linebacker next to Tahir Whitehead. That position was initially held by Jon Bostic, but realistically, both are just taking reps there as the Lions wait for DeAndre Levy to return. Also, Graham Glasgow took No. 2 reps at center for the second straight day. He is expected to eventually compete with Travis Swanson for the starting job, but it doesn’t seem like it will happen this camp unless Swanson falters badly.