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10 takeaways from Cooter & Pasqualoni

Defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter spoke to the media Tuesday.

Here are 10 takeaways from those media sessions:

1. Cooter was asked about Kerryon Johnson and the ideal workload or preferred number of touches he'd like from his rookie running back moving forward. Cooter said he preferred to keep that in-house as strategic information, and it could change week to week. 

2.The biggest key to playing quarterback Aaron Rogers, according to Pasqualoni, is keeping him contained in the pocket. Bad things typically happen to a defense when Rodgers escapes the pocket and extends plays. That's a big emphasis for Detroit's defense this week. 

3.The Lions used Jamal Agnew on offense for the first time last Sunday. He had a 17-yard run on a jet sweep and was a key decoy on Johnson's 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. There was an opportunity to use him last week based off something Cooter saw on film leading into the game. Agnew is playing much more on defense than he did as a rookie last year, and that does play a factor in how much the Lions want to use him on offense, according to Cooter.

4.What gives Pasqualoni confidence the defense can fix some of the issues they've had early this year against the run? The New England game, he said. His defense put together a complete game in both phases in that 26-10 Week 3 win over the Patriots, so he knows they can do it. 

5. The Lions play a familiar foe in Green Bay this week at Ford Field, but Cooter called this a new challenge for his offense because of the new scheme the Packers run on defense under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Cooter is expecting some unique pressures and looks from the Packers on Sunday.

6.Before last week, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had never ran a route more than 10 yards down the field, according to ESPN Stats & Info. His 34-yard catch late in the fourth quarter led to the game-winning field goal. Pasqualoni said teams always have to expect the unexpected. He said it was a good call by Dallas, and executed with a perfect throw to one of the best skill position players in the league.  

7. The Lions are the only team in the NFL that has three different receivers that have recorded at least 50 receiving yards in every game this year. That puts a lot of pressure on a defense, according to Cooter, and he likes the task of trying to spread the ball around and get everyone involved. He said he often counts his blessings with how balanced of a receiving corps he has.

8. Pasqualoni pointed out the fine line there is between winning and losing in the NFL. He mentioned the fumble caused by Da'Shawn Hand the Lions weren't able to recover and the near interception on a tipped ball by Glover Quin as being two big plays on the last Cowboys series where the ball didn't bounce the Lions' way.

9. Guard T.J. Lang is the anchor of Detroit's offensive line, and losing him Sunday was a blow. Veteran Kenny Wiggins replaced Lang after he suffered a concussion on the second series. It wasn't perfect for Wiggins, but he did battle and compete, according to Cooter. We'll have to monitor Lang's status this week as ne navigates his way through the concussion protocol.

10.What would the Lions lose if they don't have Quandre Diggs, who left Sunday's game with a hand injury, this week against Green Bay? His vision, instinctiveness, awareness and communication skills are all top notch, according to Pasqualoni. Rookie Tracy Walker, if called upon, has played some good football this season, but not having Diggs would be an obvious blow. Pasqualoni said they have to have a next man up mentality.

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