Lions defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson had himself a day vs. Jaguars on Day 1 of joint practices

C.J. Gardner-Johnson certainly enjoys football and the competition level of it, and he sure had himself a day on the first day of joint practice against the Jaguars.

The biggest news for the Detroit Lions during the first day of joint practice against the Jacksonville Jaguars was injuries suffered by wide receivers Jameson Williams and Amon-Ra St. Brown. But that is not to discount the day defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson had.

Gardner-Johnson, one of the team's notable free agent additions back in March, has instantly become a leader and a tone setter for the Lions' secondary and really the defense as a whole. He talks trash and brings the intensity in spades. He ramped things up on Wednesday.

After practice, Gardner-Johnson talked about his physical presence and how it can fuel his teammates.

"Lead by example and lead by action," Gardner-Johnson told reporters after practice. "Everybody wants to talk, but when you back it up you can talk as much crap as you want to. I think when I play at a high level, it feeds into my teammates."

C.J. Gardner-Johnson had himself a complete day in first practice vs. Jaguars

Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley crashed Gardner-Johnson's post-practice presser. Ridley brought his own bit of trash talk, in what seemed to be a friendly exchange after reports of plenty of back and forth between the two during practice.

After that media session, Gardner-Johnson decided it was time to go for a little bike ride.

Asked if there's a time or situation where he will wind down the intensity and stop trash talking, Gardner-Johnson had an answer that's probably not surprising.

"Sleep. Every time I wake up, like I'm cutting the car on," Gardner-Johnson explained. "Just gotta keep going until the car run on empty. But this is the gas station, so I guess I'm fueled up every day." "

Gardner-Johnson didn't have a perfect day on Wednesday, allowing a touchdown and drawing a penalty in the end zone that he protested. But he otherwise had himself a pretty nice day, on and off the practice field.

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