FIRST DOWN: RECEIVER COMPETITION TOUGH TO CALL
The competition among the collection of receivers vying for a roster spot behind
The Lions didn’t get any closer to determining who might have the edge for those two or three receiving spots in Friday’s 27-26 loss in Oakland, either.
“It's good to see actually,” Caldwell said of the competition. “Any time it gets tough in terms of competition, where it makes your decision very difficult, that's good for us. That's very good.”
“I just try to score,” Broyles said. “Every time I get the ball I try to score. I feel like I have something to prove, I played that way in college. I haven’t been able to do that here in the NFL, but two games down hopefully I continue to do that.”
“I think this is the deepest group of receivers we’ve had since I’ve been here,” quarterback
“This is the best competition going on in practice and in preseason that I’ve seen in a while here, and that’s a good thing for us. Right now, I’m having a bunch of fun throwing to all of them and watching them all play.”
SECOND DOWN: ORLOVSKY IMPROVING
That talk has likely quieted down a bit after Orlovsky’s performance in Oakland.
He had terrific command of the offense all night and led two scoring drives, including an eight-play, 83-yard touchdown drive on Detroit’s first possession of the third quarter that increased their lead to 23-10 at the time.
“I thought he moved the ball well,” Caldwell said. “I thought he handled himself in the pocket extremely well. He stepped up out of trouble and was able to deliver the ball down the field.
“I thought his pace of operation was good. It was a very good tempo. And he led us on some scoring drives, which was key. I thought he played a lot better.”
Orlovsky finished 8-of-12 passing for 153 yards with a 109.7 quarterback rating.
Orlovsky was accurate and decisive and played much better this time around.
THIRD DOWN: NOT SATISFIED WITH RUN GAME
The Lions have played two preseason games now and have struggled to run the football consistently in both games.
Is this something the Lions should worry about?
Stafford doesn’t think it is just yet.
“I think the run game is a little bit odd, especially in the preseason,” he said. “The run game a lot of times is a methodical thing where you’re chewing up yards, chewing up yards and you wear them down. Then you pop a couple big ones late in the game and all of the sudden you rush for 140 yards.
The Lions rushed for 77 yards against Cleveland and just 52 in Oakland.
It’s Caldwell’s job to worry about every aspect of his football team including the rushing attack.
“We still need to keep working on our running game and shore that up a little bit,” he said.
The Lions were a very good rushing football team last year and this current two-week trend shouldn’t be too big of a concern just yet.
FOURTH DOWN: MOSLEY VS. FAIRLEY
Caldwell made it very clear last week that the best kicker between
It appears the rule also applies to first-round draft picks.
Former first-round draft pick
“We thought C.J. (Mosley) was playing better, so we put C.J. in place,” Caldwell said of the swap. “We’ll see how Nick played and make another comparison and see where we’re going to go next week.”
Mosley finished the game with three tackles. Fairley had one.