Despite eventually falling to the Raiders late in the fourth quarter, there were many positives to take away from the game including the starting offense.
Being without his favorite weapon didn't stop quarterback
“They’ve been working hard at it, and I think it shows,” head coach Jim Caldwell said in a WXYZ interview. “Matthew threw the ball around well. He did a good job mixing things up, getting us into the right run looks and things of that nature.
“But you know, we still have a long way to go.”
Another bright spot for the offense was the play of the receivers.
Riddick has been receiving a lot of praise from teammates and coaches throughout training camp and was finally able to back it up with a solid showing.
The team was flagged 11 times for 74 yards total, a sharp increase from last week's five for 32 yards.
“They make the biggest difference, I think,” Caldwell “When you look at all the other categories, you probably look and say we were playing pretty well.
“The big problem was extending drives with penalties. Any time you do that, you could be playing really well and it sort of takes away from it. It is kind of unforced errors – so, we have to do a better job in that area. We have to coach it better and we have to play better.”
Should the increase in penalties be a concern? Mike O'Hara tackles that question and many more in his postgame burning questions column.
The Lions activated defensive end Ziggy Ansah from the PUP list Tuesday afternoon.
“You all have been waiting a long time to talk to me,” Ansah told media members after the practice. “It feels good to be back.
“Just as long as you all have been waiting to talk to me, I’ve been waiting just as much to get back on the field with my teammates.”
He did not play against Oakland but is expected to see time in one of the remaining preseason games.
Several Lions participated in the ice bucket challenge this week to help raise awareness for ALS.
Stafford was the latest to support the cause, meeting his ice bucket Saturday after practice.
Watch Stafford's video below:
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:
- Golden Tate checks in with a blog entry on making his first catch as a Lion. Watch his first touchdown as a Lion here.
- The Lions held a high-pressure kicking competition drill during practice Wednesday. Find out what it entailed here.
- Second-year tight end Joe Fauria is putting the work in to be a better rounded player in 2014.
- Hitting Johnny Football? No big deal for rookie defensive end