The Lions closed out their preseason Thursday night in Cleveland with a 20-16 loss to the Browns.
Despite going winless in the preseason, head coach Matt Patricia still has confidence in his team as they turn the page to the regular season.
“I thought if you look at the big body of work of what we did and some of the competitive practices that we had vs. two very good teams (New England & Houston) back to back,” Patricia said. “One at our place and one in the heat down in Texas, I think our team showed a lot of character.
“I think for us the confidence level we build is through the course of practice, and like I said, the competition we had against the two teams we practiced against, that’s always good. I honestly think confidence, as far as an NFL team, you probably aren’t making it to this level if you don’t have some sort of confidence in general.”
BUILDING THE 53-MAN ROSTER
With the preseason in the books, the Lions now need to get their roster down to an initial 53 players.
“We try to do the great majority of the work before,” general manager Bob Quinn said of this weekend's roster decisions.
“When I first got here, my pro scouts were like, ‘We’re doing it this way.' Because I just feel like there’s only one way to do it and it’s to be as thorough as humanly possible because you never know who is going to get cut.”
The team announced several roster moves Friday evening, including a trade for Browns quarterback David Blough. They have until 4 p.m. Saturday to finish the process.
View photos from the Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns Preseason Week 4 game at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 in Cleveland.