"It's ridiculous how good they are," Warford said of Suh and Fairley. "I came here and I found out that I have a lot to learn by playing them. Since then I've gotten a lot better."
Warford started three seasons at guard in the SEC, playing against some of the most talented defensive tackles in the college game. But Suh and Fairley showed him rather quickly that he needed to get a whole lot better.
The Lions drafted Warford with the hope that he could fill their vacant starting right guard spot. He's split first-team reps during training camp, but head coach Jim Schwartz reiterated Thursday that the preseason will go a long way to determining that job.
For Warford, the ability to go against two of the most physically gifted tackles in the game has helped prepare him for moments like Friday night, when the Lions host the New York Jets to open the preseason.
"When you're doing really well in college you forget that you still have a lot to improve on," Warford said. "You kind of get complacent a little bit. I found that's what happened with myself. I got a little bit complacent and I got up here and the talent level just skyrockets. I found that out real quick."
Warford said he had to go back to the basics after facing the Lions' talented defensive tackle tandem and is excited to showcase what he's learned and hopefully impress some coaches along the way.
JONTE GREEN BACK
"Every player wants to get out there and every player wants to play, but you just (have to be smart)," Green said.
Green, who played in 15 games as a rookie last year with five starts, is competing for one of the backup cornerback spots. It's unlikely he'll play Friday, but Schwartz said he'd make the final call on that Friday afternoon.
"We have a couple of guys that are sort of coming back from some things, but we'll have the majority of our team out there," he said.
Here's what they had to say about their first NFL game action:
Ansah: "We are ready for tomorrow. I know it's a preseason game but we're looking forward to getting a win and seeing how well we are going to play together as a team. There is that extra excitement just being able to represent this city and this team and this franchise."
Slay: "I'm excited and I'm ready to compete against somebody else, man. See what all I've learned and have it pay off. I'm just ready to compete. I get to use some contact against somebody else. I'm ready."
Warford: "It's another game day and another chance to put the pads on against another opponent. It's been awhile since I did that. Do it with an NFL team for the first time in my life, it's exciting. I can't treat it any differently than I do any game. I have to be focused and I'm trying not to get too jazzed up about it."