The first-team defense played two series and held Cleveland to just a field goal.
“I thought our No. 1 defense played well, tough,” Caldwell said. “There was kind of a bend-but-don’t-break sort of a first half for us. We kept them out of the end zone, but it might not have looked pretty all of the time.”
There were a few missed assignments that led to big plays for Cleveland, and the Lions didn’t record a sack in the game, but they did force two turnovers – a big emphasis for them this offseason – and held Cleveland out of the end zone.
“I just tried to make a play on the ball,” Van Noy said of the play. “I read the back coming out and tried to make a play. Coach (Teryl Austin) called a great call right there for me. I read the play well and just tried to make a play.”
That translated to the game as Winn finished with 39 yards on six carries (6.5 average) and 23 more receiving yards.
The only negative for Winn was a fourth-quarter fumble in Cleveland territory.
“Any time you have a turnover, it is something of concern,” Caldwell said of Winn. “But I think he played hard and played well. We just have to – that is what these games are for. He has to build up on it and turn that negative into a positive and keep moving forward. He did a lot of good things.”
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Riddick took a huge shot from Browns safety Donte Whitner after catching a 9-yard pass on 3rd and 6 on the teams’ second possession of the game.
He walked gingerly to the sideline after the hit and didn’t return to the game. The team announced he has an abdominal injury.
“There are a few guys that have a couple things here and there,” Caldwell said. “He will be looked at and everybody will be evaluated and we’ll see what happens.”