Five things to know from Lions’ training camp on Golladay, Abdullah, Riddick, Tabor, Slay and Sam Martin

Rookie Kenny Golladay continues to impress

ALLEN PARK >> Sunday was another typical day at Detroit Lions training camp with a few twists.

Here are five notes of interest:

1. Running back Ameer Abdullah did not work for the first time since training camp started a week ago. Abdullah is coming off ankle surgery which forced him to miss the final 14 games in 2016.

“I guess it’s a vet day, only my third year I get a vet day,’’ Abdullah said.

In other words, the coaches gave him a day off, being careful to not overwork him.

He was good with it.

“I can get after it every single day. I feel good. I was telling coach I’ve turned the corner, I don’t really think about it any more. I’m out there competing at a high level, back to my old self and I’m happy with the progression I’ve made,’’ Abdullah said.

2. Rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay continues to flash. On Sunday he made some nice catches in red zone drills.

A media scrum with Golladay was briefly interrupted by veteran Golden Tate. (See photo above.) He had a few words to say: “Timeout — this boy can ball, you all have been seeing it, this guy can ball,’’ Tate said.

Tell us something we don’t know.

Golladay also got praise from Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson who visited camp on Friday.

“He said keep on working. He said you have a bright future — you’re big, physical and you can run. I just take advice from a guy like that. Fuel to the fire —  it just stokes me to come out and work,’’ Golladay, the third-round draft, pick said.

3. Cornerback Teez Tabor has had an up-and-down camp which is not unusual for a rookie.

When he was drafted, he said he was going to attach himself to Darius Slay to learn the position. He’s been true to his word.

“He’s learning from me, I’m still learning myself more, just trying to get him better,’’ Slay said.

He said Tabor is improving when it comes to asking the right questions.

“To be honest he’s probably one of the smartest ones in the (cornerback) room. He really understands the game. I think that helped him a lot in college because he understood the game real good. I think he’s going pretty good,’’ Slay said.

4. Punter Sam Martin is on the active/non-football injury list with an ankle issue. Unlike most of the other injured players, he has not been on the field at practice.

He is around, though.

Kicker Matt Prater said it’s weird not to have him on the field.

“I’m with him all day anyway. He’s just not at practice but he’s here everyday working getting healthier, better stronger,’’ Prater said. “We’re excited for an opportunity for Kasey (Redfern) to showcase what he can do in camp. We all know what Sam is capable of, he’s obviously one of the best to ever do it but Kasey has done a nice job filling in.’’

5.  Theo Riddick continues to wear the red cautionary jersey but it didn’t stop him on Sunday from juking and making plays like we’ve seen before.

“We just want to give him enough to make certain he was ready. We started out where he wasn’t do any catching just running, then he started catching a little more during certain phases. He’s doing more catching and a little more activity. … He’s been released (by doctors) to play but we’ll take our time,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said. Riddick is coming off surgery on both wrists.

Abdullah calls Riddick one of the most underrated player in the NFL.

Caldwell won’t argue.

“He’s one of the most difficult guys to cover in the National Football League. Now the minute you say that they’ll double-team him, triple-team him, take him away from you but we have other guys to get the ball to. He is a real threat out of the backfield in a number of different ways,’’ Caldwell said.

Five things to know about Lions’ Theo Riddick who is on his way back

Running back only played 10 games in 2016 due to injury

ALLEN PARK — Theo Riddick had an uncharacteristic drop in Friday’s training camp and he was not happy about it.

Riddick missed the final three games last season with injuries that led to surgery on both of his wrists.

After he missed all of the spring practices, he’s back in action wearing a red cautionary jersey. He’s not fair game — he is not supposed to be hit.

Here are five things to know about Riddick:

— Coach Jim Caldwell is pleased with his progress. “He’s coming along well, just in terms of his cardiovascular shape. He’s in good shape. He’s moving around out there,’’ Caldwell said on Friday. “The only thing we’re not allowing him to do is have contact, even though he went to the ground one time out there. But other than that, I think he’s making good progress.”

— When asked about the statement that he’s one of the most underrated players in the NFL, Riddick has one three-word response: “Let’s play ball.”

— He’s thrilled to be back on the practice field after watching all spring while still wearing a brace on his right wrist. “It’s what you love to do, go out there and get the calls going in fast motions or slow. And just being out there working on the little things, paying attention to detail,’’ Riddick said.

— Ameer Abdullah and Riddick have not been on the field together since the second game of the 2016 season. Abdullah missed the final 14 games with a foot injury. “As long a we stay healthy we should be in good shape. We’re two talented backs and want to get the ball in our hands, we just want to do something with it,’’ Riddick said. The Lions’ running game was ranked 30th in the NFL in 2016 averaging just 81.9 yards per game.

— Riddick and Abdullah help each other off the field. “That’s my guy, everybody’s close in the room. Definitely me and Ameer, we definitely communicate. When he’s in  I can be an extra set of eyes,’’ Riddick said. “We’re always constantly learning and critiquing ourselves. With that we’re always trying to push each other even if we can get better in the smallest area.’’

Getting physical at Lions camp: Vet Marv Jones gets slammed by Jarrad Davis

Davis went after Jones in a seven-on-seven drill

ALLEN PARK — All’s fair game when the Lions are in pads in training camp.

Well, maybe not all but close to it.

One of the highlights of Friday morning’s camp was a big hit by rookie middle linebacker Jarrad Davis on veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones during seven-on-seven drills.

Matthew Stafford found Jones in a crowd, Jones caught the ball and then Davis slammed the wide receiver, the ball popped up and Jones caught it again. Davis blew him up again.

All is good though.

It’s exactly what the coaches want to see from the linebacking group.

Jones did not have an issue with being on the receiving end.

Afterward when Davis was in an interview scrum, Jones came up from behind him and playfully grabbed him around the waist as if he would tackle him to the turf.

The gesture from the veteran was a good thing.

“I really appreciate those guys,’’ Davis said. “When I got back there I let him know it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.’’

Sounds like a warning shot.

“(After) a little hit in the back on seven-on-seven that was chip from me, a nice little present. It’s all good, we’re in full pads, it’s football. You’re going to get something like that. I’m glad he’s on our squad,’’ Jones said.

Davis, who was drafted in the first round to start at middle linebacker, had another solid day. The hit on Jones was just the exclamation point.

“It’s part of the game physicality, football is a physical game if they don’t like it they don’t like it, if they like it they like it. It’s going to go either way,’’ Davis said. “I’m practicing my craft, working on me. I’m going to make sure I take care of my teammates at the end of the day, but you have moments like that to make the team better.’’

Coach Jim Caldwell had no problem with the play. It wasn’t vicious, it’s what the coaches need to see now and then during camp days when they are in full pads.

“Every practice is different, this practice was a padded practice so we went after it pretty good and there’s some practices we don’t. It was within the rules,’’ Caldwell said. “The physical nature of the game is what it is, you’ve got to be able to tackle and run. You’re going to have a collision here and there.’’

Caldwell is cautious about dropping too many kind words early in camp especially for rookies.

Still no one can deny Davis has proven his first-round value so far.

“Yeah, I think (physicality) is kind of a normal trait of most linebackers and anybody on defense period. Those are guys that are going to be very, very active in that regard,’’ Caldwell said. “He’s performing well. Like I said, nothing’s perfect. He’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but he certainly works at it and he’s doing a nice job just in terms of the overall progression.”

And aggression, we might add.