Last year, when there was only one open starting spot, the preseason was more about timing and staying healthy. Health is still a big key, obviously, but some of these players are still trying to learn how to play with the man next to them and the preseason will be beneficial.
One of those players, veteran running back
"It's a new group of guys, a new team for me, and I'd just like to get out there and get the feel for us as a team, too," he said. "To see where we are, I'd like to see where I'm at, my first preseason game here. I look forward to getting inside there, and just having fun."
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he and his staff will make decisions on player availability for the game Wednesday night, but said it was important for everyone to get the work in.
"I want to get in there, get back to the swing of things, and get out there with my teammates," Bush said. "It's my first time being a Detroit Lion. I'd like to get out there, get in the stadium, just get the feel for things. I definitely need it."
There are a number of players in a similar situation and we could potentially see more reps for the starters than in past preseasons.
Idonije only went through individual drills, but Jones, who hasn't practiced since early last week, did do some limited team drills.
"We didn't really expect that with Jason, but it came up and we short of changed his protocol," Schwartz said of limiting Jones' practice time because of a knee injury, kind of like they've done with safety
"We'll still sort of work around it. It might be similar to Lou. It might be a little bit different. The rest helped him and he was able to get out here today. We just like to keep it that way."
LOOKING FOR FAST START
Schwartz has said all training camp that the preseason was going to decide a lot of the competition for starting and roster spots.
"We'll see in preseason games," Schwartz said. "I think we have very good competition in there. We have a lot of guys that are capable of claiming it. It's just one of those things where some days it looks like somebody had a really good day, then other days somebody else will step up. Like we said before, the person who gets an open job is somebody that is going to be consistent over the course of time."
That includes the team's four preseason games.
"They have to have something that they can bring to the party," Schwartz said of what he's looking for in those No. 4 and No. 5 roles. "Having something that they can contribute offensively or to special teams, that'll be important in those evaluations also."
LIONS CLAIM LB
The team filled it's opening on the team's 90-man roster by claiming linebacker
An undrafted rookie out of Maryland in 2011, Moten (6-2, 230) has appeared in 13 games for four teams over the past two seasons. He was released by the Cleveland Browns Sunday.