I watched the Lions first preseason game vs Browns and there were def some things that we need help in, but there were also alot of postives at least in my opinion.
First off I thought the absence of Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best wasn't a problem at all, because Keiland Williams, and Joique Bell stepped up BIG!! Joique ran the ball over and through the defense and I know it was only a preseason game against the lowly Browns but he showed he could handle a bigger role on the offense and I hope he gets his shot on our roster. Keiland Williams Also ran really well and showed he could tote the rock several times in the game and have success. Kevin Smith also did a bang up job.
Jahvid has been out for awhile and I'm starting to wonder if we shouldn't just trade him and move on with Leshoure, Smith, and Bell. Thats not what is going to happen because he is valueable to the passing game but idk he hasn't played a full season since I believe his rookie year.
Megatron did what he does and that's DOMINATE the defense! Burleson and Young they are going to be great options in the passing game this year, and broyles when he comes back I think he will be a great addition. I also thought Stovall from ND played very well on special teams but also in the passing game. Stefan Logan had a good Touchdown catch as well.
The offense line held their own against the Improved Browns D, I can't remember if they sacked Stafford or not, I dont think they did, but our first team offense was alittle out of synch for the first game. I have dogged Jeff Backus time and again as well as Raiola but every year they hold their own. Rob Sims is also a good option for us at LG, at Right Tackle I know Cherilus is having a "good" camp but it's also the last year of his current rookie deal, and im sure he wants to get paid, but I thought although seeing him just in one game that Riley Reiff is already the man to take the right tackle spot, he was a force in the run game, and was effcient in pass blocking as well, maybe they will move Cherilus to RG because he might be a better fit idk.
The most impressive part of our team even for just one game was the defensive line, these guys controlled the trenches all game!! Even our 2nd and 3rd team guys got after it. Even with no Avril for this game which is scary for the other team when he comes back. LoJack, Young, E. Brown, Suh, T Robertson played so well constantly making life in the pocket difficult for Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy, and Seneca Wallace. The most surprising guy has to be Everette Brown, a former 1st round draft pick of the Panthers never really got it going with Carolina, played in San Diego for a seaon, then we signed him a FA. The only problem is we are LOADED with talent at defense end so I dont know if we even have room for him. As far as Suh look for a focused and committed Suh that gets after it on the field and in production. Fairley I think will be solid for us as well, and Young I dont know what else this kid can do to earn more time, the man is a beast at rushing the passer with his great speed, coming out of the 7th round a couple years ago I wasnt sure what he would bring to the table, but Mayhew still is proving the man can DRAFT! Mayhew also snatched R. Lewis out of the draft I believe the 4th round, this kid was relentless all game getting around the tackle with ease on most plays, and showing the ability to stop the run too, as well as his normal work on special teams.
Our Linebackers are returning all 3 starters from last year: Levy, Durant, and Tulloch. But the talk of the training camp has been rookies Travis Lewis, and Tahir Whitehead. These guys have fit into our defense well and project as solid backups coming in to spell the starters at times. Lewis showed command of the defense and was all over the field. Whitehead has had a great training camp and looks to backup durant or levy at outside linebacker. The other linebackers A. Palmer and D. Hogue will also vie for backup spots as well with Ronnell Lewis playing some linebacker as well according to multiple sources. Back to Whitehead I remember when we drafted him everyone at the draft table ridiculed this pick and said he would be cut in no time, well as they were with Willie Young, and soo many others they were WRONG!
Now one of more disappointing parts of my post the Secondary.
Chris Houston was solid, but was beat a few times, A. Smith who started still won't turn and look for the ball when its in the air and got burned alot, we should be the nickle or dime at best, but after we cut berry I guess no one stepped up. Jonte Green has a ways to go before he makes any real impact on our starting defense he was beat and didn't turn and look for the ball on several passes. Chris Greenwood didn't play but I wanna see this kid play in preseason, I think with right coaching and a few years of the nfl will do him alot of good. Bill Bentley I was really ready to see play live, and he didnt disappoint, yes he did drop a potential pick six, and got burned on a long ball to T. Benjamin, but he showed good coverage skills and mirrored every reciever he faced and had an interception, this kid is going to be a good corner possibly great in the future.
Now for our safties, I heard on several sights that John Wendling has leapfrogged Amari Speivey and is one of the starting safties next to Louis Delmas------ That scares me he is a special teams guy his whole career NOT a starting safety in the NFL, as far a Speviey im disappointed that he hasn't progressed in his career enough to become a consistent starting safety, Im not giving up on him but it seems as though right now he is not ready for the spotlight. Sean Jones to me looked downright AWFUL, and Ricardo Silva looked not ready for a bigger role.
Well I know it was a long post but if you guys remember me, all my posts are like that.