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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Taking stock of two practices in Detroit

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

 AP Photo/Paul Sancya
 Receivers coach Shawn Jefferson expects Calvin Johnson (above) to make big strides this year.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- It turns out our brief sojourn to visit the Detroit Lions will be even shorter than expected. Coach Rod Marinelli cancelled both scheduled practices Thursday, in essence ending training camp a day early.

So, our observations will be based on watching today's pair of practices. We'll get to your mailbag questions later this week (probably Thursday) but here are some random thoughts, in no particular order: