Friday, August 09, 2013

Thoughts after 1st quarter, Lions, Jets preseason Game 1

I don't think it is a fluke Ziggy Ansah made a big play in his first preseason game with the Lions. He is athletic. He is tall. Their defensive line is imposing even by NFL standards. He is part of it. Ansah did the same type of things during the Senior Bowl workouts and during the game. Ansah is not just a terrific athlete, he has excellent instincts for the game. Too much has been made of his inexperience.
- Sam Martin's first punt was extremely impressive. It was a 54-yard directional kick for a fair catch inside the 10-yard line. Also, he routinely slammed his first two kickoffs to the back of the end for touchback. Good signs.
- Bill Bentley missed what should have been an easy open field tackle on the Jets' tight end early in the first quarter. He could have prevented a first down and didn't. It was a disappointing play. Conversely, on the same play you could see why the Lions wanted to re-sign DeAndre Levy. He can run and closed quickly and made the tackle.
- You got a glimpse at what Reggie Bush can do when he gets the ball in space.
- Although it's just a preseason game, it's almost like stealing candy from a baby for Calvin Johnson. It'd been far more interesting if the Lions' tested Dee Milliner with Johnson rather than Patrick Edwards. It was nonetheless an excellent play by Millner to prevent a TD.
- Backup safety is an obvious concern and you can see why already early in the preseason. Chris Hope is past his well past his prime and Don Carey is, well, Don Carey. It was alarming on the Jets' scoring drive.


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