Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thoughts halftime Lions, Browns

- Horrible end of the first half for the Lions.
- There are two things the Lions can't afford. One  is not having Calvin Johnson in the lineup. Another is Johnson dropping passes. Pretty uncharacteristic, isn't it? That was a huge first-down drop during the second quarter. It changed the course of the game as the Browns responded with a TD drive.
- I have yet to see anything from Patrick Edwards to suggest he is remotely an NFL-caliber wide receiver. The drops by Edwards and Kris Durham on the Lions' final real drive of the half magnified their problems.
- Lions' linebacker DeAndre Levy, again, showed why he has become one of the better linebackers in the NFL. That was a fantastic interception. Levy is fast and athletic, and is also strong at the point of attack. Levy is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season. Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew doesn't get enough credit for selecting him in the third round of his first draft in '09 out of Wisconsin. It wasn't an obvious pick, but it was a terrific one. I saw Levy play twice live his last year at Wisconsin vs. Michigan and MSU and he wasn't that impressive. It looked like he'd be a fourth- or fifth-round pick. It seemed like a stretch for the Lions to take him in the third round, but they were right.
- What Durham does very well is make leaping and diving acrobatic receptions. What he isn't so good at is catching the ball in stride and making yards after the catch. It's because his route running isn't precise. He rounds his off his cuts and changes direction slowly. Part of it is his height and long legs. It makes it more difficult to plant and cut.


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