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ALLEN PARK Yanni Gourde Jersey , Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions had a key player on offense come back from an injury and one walk off the field during practice.

Wide receiver Marvin Jones returned to practice a day after injuring his left leg.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, meanwhile, slowly walked off the field with a trainer during Sunday’s practice. It was not clear why Blount went back inside the team’s training facility.

Jones got tangled up with a teammate on Saturday and landed awkwardly. The training staff evaluated his left leg and he was held out of the rest of practice.

Under the rising sun the next day, Jones was in full uniform with his teammates and didn’t appear to be affected by whatever was ailing him.

”I’m out there rolling,” Jones said. ”It’s the first day of pads and I’m going to be out there.”

Jones insisted he wasn’t scared that his injury could’ve been more serious.

Detroit coach Matt Patricia said Jones was evaluated before going back onto the field.

”He’s good,” Patricia said. ”He’s fine, but we’re always a little bit cautious the day after.”

The Lions will be counting on Jones to be one of Matthew Stafford’s top targets again this season. And, they’re hoping Blount can bolster a running game that has been poor in recent years.

Jones had a career-high 1,101 yards receiving last season. He also had 61 receptions and caught nine touchdown passes, falling just short of career highs in both categories.

Over the past three seasons " two in Detroit and one with the Cincinnati Bengals " he has averaged 60 catches and 949 yards receiving.

”Any player in the league Tavon Young Jersey , they want to be consistent and kind of stay on top for the length of their careers,” he said.

Detroit signed the 31-year-old Blount in the opening days of free agency after he helped Philadelphia and New England win the past two Super Bowls.

The Lions have been one-dimensional on offense in recent years because they simply couldn’t run the ball consistently. Even if Jones catches fewer balls because the team is moving the ball on the ground, he is all for it.

”It starts up front,” Jones said. ”You want to run and that’s going to open up everything and vice versa.”

NOTES: Patricia said CB Nevin Lawson missed Saturday’s practice for personal reasons. … C Wesley Johnson invited Jay Fullam, one of his former teammates at Vanderbilt, and his Air Force squadron to practice.

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IRVINE, Calif. (AP) " Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay turned up the volume on his first-unit offense, blasting the usual training camp soundtrack of rap music even louder as they went through a series of unscripted situational drills Saturday.

It wasn’t enough to silence the starters, as wide receiver Brandin Cooks made a loud statement with a series of impressive catches.

“He did a great job today and he’s done that over the course of his career,” McVay said. “Brandin is an exciting player. I’ve really been impressed with how quickly he has been able to learn the system Brandon Montour Jersey Kids , take ownership on the offense, and just getting out here making plays.”

Those highlights included catching a crossing route through traffic and making a contested leaping grab on the next play during a team period, showing why the Rams traded for him in April and signed the former Oregon State standout to a five-year extension last month.

With a new contract in hand, Cooks feels free to go all out entering his fifth season.

“I think a lot of guys when you get that (extension), you go even harder just because you know have that security so you just lay it all out there because of the team believing so highly in you,” said Cooks, who had 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns for New England last season.

Cooks has had at least 1,000 yards receiving and seven touchdown receptions in each of the last three seasons, and early returns in practice have justified McVay’s belief that Cooks will be more than a deep threat complimenting fellow starters Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. However Andre Burakovsky Jersey , Kupp believes that one aspect of Cooks’ skill set will have a major impact on how opposing defenses play against the Rams.

“The most visible sign of someone that’s fast is when they catch the deep ball, but you don’t see how much that influences things underneath and clears zones out and allows for guys to get open,” Kupp said. “For the threat that he is, the way safeties are going to have to play him, it’s a huge advantage for us. We just have to make sure we’re doing our job, the other 10 guys on the field.”

McVay likes how Cooks fits in with the other receivers on the roster, a group that was overhauled through free agency, the draft and trades last year before sending first and sixth-round picks to the Patriots for Cooks. What stands out to Kupp is how each receiver is capable of filling every role in McVay’s system, praising Cooks for integrating into the offense so quickly.

“Our receiving corps, just the guys that we have John Hayden Jersey , there is so much diversity in terms of the strengths of our players that I don’t think it’s on one person,” Kupp said. “It’s not one person’s job to run this route. It’s not only one person that can run the deep route. And because of that, it makes it really easy for us to be able to move around and be diverse in our looks and even harder for the defense to get a bead on.”?

The Rams’ backups on defense certainly struggled to keep up with quarterback Jared Goff and his collection of receivers. Kupp was especially pleased with how the offense performed in the red zone during practice. Despite leading the NFL in scoring at 29.9 points per game last season, the Rams got touchdowns on 53.4 percent of possessions inside the 20-yard line.

Cooks showed he can help there by tapping his toes down in the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown during a red-zone drill.

“He can do a variety of things, but it’s exciting to be able to work with players like him where you’re kind of not really limited in any way you can utilize him,” McVay said.

NOTES: Tight end Gerald Everett will not travel with the team next week for joint practices with Baltimore because of a sprained shoulder, McVay said. . Safety Lamarcus Joyner, who has been limited because of a sore Achilles, should return to practice Monday.

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