The biggest takeaways from Friday's preseason win over the New York Jets had to be the splash plays made by two Lions' newcomers: the hurdle by running back
After the game, Bush was asked about hurdling the defender.
"The guy who was coming, literally head-first, and he was already low, he was already short, so he just made it kind of easy on me," he said. "It was an easy decision."
Ansah created the biggest roar from the crowd, though, when he snagged a Mark Sanchez pass (the Jets' quarterback had to get rid of the ball as defensive end
"When I caught it I was like, 'Oh wait, the ball is in my hands, I got to go that way,' and I just did," said Ansah in the locker room after the game.
"I know a lot of people were looking at us sideways when we drafted a guy that didn't have a whole lot of experience ... but you need to watch the tape. He made plays like that in college."
Sanchez was also asked about the play following the game.
"It's just not the way you want to start," he said. "At the end of the day you can't dwell on it. You have to step up and make the next couple passes, you have to move on."
Probably the best thing Stafford experienced happened on what turned out to be a 28-yard completion to
A defender dropped to cover Bush.
"It was kind of awesome having a corner drop Calvin to play Reggie coming out of the backfield," he said. "It's the offense that we envision."
Defensively, the interior line certainly made its presence known.
"I thought we were being successful on the inside," said Suh. "They obviously had the quarterback dropping back pretty far and getting outside the pocket then having some chipping in there for us, for our defensive ends."
"We wanted to come out and start fast," said linebacker
Palmer has been considered the front runner in the competition for the third starting linebacker spot. He finished the game with two solo tackles -- one for loss -- and one assist.
He seemed to be in the right places at the right time.
"I played well," he said after the game. "I could've played better, but I played well. Well enough to where hopefully the coaches can evaluate it and see something they like and I can work on it next week."
Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland has endeared himself to his teammates since signing with the Lions and had a solid performance in what was literally his first-ever American football game.
Said Stafford, "The guy is a great guy. It's refreshing to see how much fun he's having. It's an awesome story and the guy is a pretty darn good kicker."