After two days of joint practices with the Raiders in Napa Tuesday and Wednesday, the Lions headed into Oakland for their first matchup on the preseason.
The Lions dropped the contest, 16-10, but they got some good production from their young players.
"It's a preseason game, and everyone says it's just the preseason, but for me, it was as cool as it gets," rookie Frank Ragnow, who was solid in his debut, said after the game.
"I think definitely it helps to get all the jitters out and kind of get into a rhythm," he said. "I'm a rookie, I need all the reps I can get. I'll take anything I can get."
Fellow rookie Kerryon Johnson also had a good night. Johnson had seven carries for 34 yards and four catches for 33.
"The guys are much bigger, much faster, much more athletic here (in the NFL) and I have to say though, it was a great experience, they have some tremendous athletes, and it was a great game," Johnson said.
All in all, it was a good first showing for the you Lions, with more work to do.
JOINT PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS
Check out all the action from the Lions' joint practices with the Raiders:
ZIGGY OFF PUP
The Lions announced Monday that they removed defensive end Ziggy from Active/Physically Unable to Perform. Ansah returned to practice that day, and the plan is to get him ready for the regular season.
"The goal is to get everyone to September," head coach Patricia said. "But we still have to find out what we have as a team and we have to go and improve. You can't really sit back and wait. I don't think that's the right thing to do. The right thing to do is to go improve."
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