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With training camp and the preseason now underway for the Detroit Lions, we’re putting some positional battles under the microscope with a series of Toss-ups…
Training Camp Toss-up, No. 6: Does the late camp addition of Rashean Mathis mean anything for Detroit’s secondary? Do you beleive the staff will give Mathis a chance to start opposite Chris Houston instead of Darius Slay, or is he merely a veteran fill-in?
Andrew Tomlinson: Slay was drafted, which to me is the only real reason why he would start over Mathis on the outside. It seems clear Mathis is a backup plan in case Slay does not work throughout the year and to push Bill Bentley for the nickel spot. I honestly believe the Lions are expecting their draft picks to contribute, but with how bad this defense has been during the preseason, major changes would not surprise me.
Chris Burke: Slay’s going to get his playing time, at least as a rotational corner or with someone sliding to the nickel slot so he can play out wide on passing downs. I think Mathis’ arrival says much more about the cornerbacks behind Chris Houston and Slay than it does about those top two guys. It’s not a coincidence that Mathis’ signing came in the midst of a preseason in which Bill Bentley has been flat-out horrible and Jonte Green/Chris Greenwood have struggled to get on the field. The Lions’ 2012 CB draft plan has bombed thus far, so Mathis ought to get every opportunity to crack the lineup.
Max DeMara: Like Chris, I think the addition of Mathis speaks more about the Lions’ lack of quality depth and experience behind the big two. Detroit can have both Mathis and Slay coexist in the backfield, but the heat needs to be turned up significantly on Bill Bentley, who’s looked lost on the field during the preseason. The Lions can’t count on either Greenwood or Green to be completely healthy by the time the season begins and others haven’t distinguished themselves, so with youth all over the place, the team needed meaningful experience, which Mathis brings. There’s no reason he can’t see plenty of playing time. and his veteran know-how should help a young secondary find its way.
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Detroit Lions DE Willie Young decided to taunt New England Patriots QB Tom Brady after his pass went for an incompletion during Thursday’s preseason game. I guess Young is unaware of the fact that this was a preseason game. Young was also flagged on the play for taunting, negating the 3rd down incompletion and giving the Patriots a first down. [YouTube]
Could someone please let Willie Young and his $1.2 million dollar salary know that it is the preseason and pointing a finger in the face of Tom Brady really isn’t a smart idea. The Lions are continuing their recent history of making poor decisions, and the below is probably just one in a long line of new ones to come this season. Again, I repeat… Preseason.
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It's the third exhibition game, which means more playing time for the starters, the closest the preseason comes to simulating the regular season.
The Detroit Lions take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Thursday night at Ford Field.
The Lions would like to see the first-team offense come to life and score its first touchdown of the preseason while the defense needs...
The Detroit Lions once again held wide receiver Calvin
Johnson out as they took on the New England Patriots last night in their third
preseason game. Johnson continues to be hampered by a bruised knee, but the
Lions haven’t indicated that the ailment will keep the All-Pro from taking the
field Week 1.
Earlier this week, head coach Jim Schwartz suggested that
Johnson would be...
I’m all about being a fierce competitor, but maybe someone should tell Lions defensive lineman Willie Young to tone it down a little. Grabbing a Hall of Fame quarterback by his jersey and pointing him in the face after a meaningless incomplete pass in a meaningless preseason game isn’t exactly a great look.
That’s exactly what Young did towards the end of the second quarter...
Lions coach Jim Schwartz was appropriately subdued after his team’s 40-9 exhibition victory over the New England Patriots on Thursday both because it’s the preseason and preseason games really don’t matter and because despite the lopsided score his team had just enough head-scratching moments to counter much of the good it did.
The defense forced four first-half turnovers...
Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas might consider Tom Brady a god, but it was pretty clear that he as in the minority Thursday night. The Lions defense pretty much beat the Patriots--and Brady--to death in every way possible on the field forcing four turnovers in the first half alone.
In spite of the whipping they were putting on the Patriots you would think that maybe the...
Lions defensive end Willie Young must have forgotten that Thursday night’s game didn’t count, since it’s only a preseason game.
Young ended up getting in the face of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the Lions’ convincing win over New England. Once again who cares if the Lions played better, the game didn’t count.
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