There were a number of good storylines heading into Friday's preseason opener with the Jets. We finally got a look at some of the new faces on the roster and how some of the position competitions might play themselves out.
Here's five storylines and how they played out:
1. NEW FACES
So, how did the three fair in their first game in Honolulu Blue?
Bush had the crowd on its feet early when he hurdled a defender on his way to a first down on a third-down run in the first quarter. His impact was also felt in the pass game when a Jets cornerback had to break off his coverage of
Quin nearly had a pick-six on a tipped ball, but the receiver made a great recovery and was able to dislodge the ball from Quin at the last second.
Jones did not record a tackle, but he did force Jets cornerback Mark Sanchez out of the pocket a couple times with good bull rushes on the right tackle.
2. ROOKIE IMPRESSIONS
The Lions selected nine players in April's draft and were hoping to get three or four Week 1 starters out of the bunch. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah, cornerback
Here's what they did:
Ansah: Made the biggest impact with an interception on the fourth play of his career that he returned 14 yards for the games first score. He also had a tackle for loss.
Slay: I didn't even notice him, which isn't a bad thing for a cornerback. He was solid and rarely thrown at.
Warford: He showed some nice skills getting to the second level on some runs but he was on the ground a lot. He got some good reps with the first team and held his own.
Martin: He showed good hang time on his punts and three of his four kickoffs went for touchbacks. He averaged 43.7 yards on his punts. A 54 yarder pinned the Jets inside their 10-yard line in the first quarter, but he also recorded a 31 yarder that wasn't his best effort.
3. WHO EMERGED AT RECEIVER?
Mark round one as a victory for
The sixth-year veteran had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown.
He made a particularly nice 27-yard catch along the sideline where he showed terrific body control staying inbounds.
Here's what the other player vying for the No. 4 and No. 5 receiver spots did:
Fuller: No targets.
4. RETURN GAME
It's been well documented how bad the Lions' cover and return teams were last year. They've completely re-tooled that area of their football team, including a new coordinator in John Bonamego.
Gone is last year's returner Stefan Logan and the Lions are on the lookout for someone to win both return jobs.
After preseason game No. 1, no one stood out.
Edwards, Spurlock and rookie
Jets kickers booted four kickoffs that resulted in four touchbacks.
It should be noted that Spurlock was the first kickoff returner and Edwards the first punt returner.
For 21 seasons, Hanson was one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL. Both Akers and Rugland have more pop in their leg than Hanson did, but can they consistently put it through the uprights?
Akers is the favorite to win the Lions kicking duties come the regular season, but Rugland is making that competition closer than Akers would probably like.
Rugland continues to show that he belongs after making both his attempts from 49 and 50 yards, respectively.
Akers was also 2-for-2, hitting from 47 and 35 yards.
"It's not often that you have to talk about having depth at place kicker or punter, but I think both Hâvard and Blake (Clingan) – both of those guys are potential, quality NFL players and I think both of them have had good camps and they're both in the mix for us," head coach Jim Schwartz said after the game.