The Lions hit the field Friday night in Oakland for their second game of the preseason. Coaches and talent evaluators want to see vast improvements over last week’s come-from-behind victory over Cleveland. The preseason is about getting better each week so teams can hit the ground running when the games start counting.
The first preseason game is essentially a dry run, especially for a new staff that’s implementing new schemes on both sides of the football. Coaches and players are expected to fix their mistakes from the first week and play a much better brand of football in Oakland. Coaches want to see players making progress.
“I think that every day this team is getting just a little bit better,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “You’re always not going to be pleased with everything that happens in practice, but overall they work hard, they concentrate, they’re contentious.
“We may drop a ball here or maybe jump offsides, but we’re trying to minimize those things. I think every single day, we measure them and we keep track of those things that we are seeing improvement in.”
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Caldwell has already ruled out defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Receiver
Caldwell has been very good about giving Johnson days off during training camp and limiting his reps. The Lions need him healthy and ready to go in September, not August, but there is a benefit to seeing all the offensive parts together – if only for a few reps -- in the preseason to see how the defense reacts to it and have something to look at on film.
Orlovsky played just ok against Cleveland, completing 12-of-23 passes for 89 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was the victim of a couple drops by his receivers, but also looked uncomfortable at times.
The Lions will be looking for Orlovsky to lead more scoring drives in Oakland. They’ll want to see if Moore can keep it up and maybe inch his way closer to Orlovsky on the depth chart.
The Lions were one of only three teams (Arizona and Baltimore) to not allow a touchdown in their preseason opener. They allowed four field goals in a 13-12 victory.
The defense recorded eight passes defended, which was the best in the league, playing pretty well on the back end.
They didn’t record a sack, however, and will no doubt look to ramp up the pressure against Oakland.
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That includes Wednesday’s gauntlet-style competition with the entire team watching.
Friday’s game in Oakland will give the coaches another good evaluation of the competition. The Lions will be outdoors on a cool night and are playing on a field that doubles as a baseball stadium with suspect turf at best.