I have the “unofficial” Lions depth chart going into tonight’s game. Just click to enlarge.
The only thing that really stands out to me is Marinelli’s not having any rookie higher than 2nd string. Considering his well-known aversion to giving rookies major responsibilities, it’s to be expected. I doubt players like Gosder Cherilus, Kevin Smith and Jordon Dizon will remain low on totem pole for much longer.
The NJ Star Ledger lists their 3 things to watch for on the Giants side of the ball: The passing game, the progress of the G-Men’s 1st round pick, safety Kenny Phillips and their backup QB battle.
For more of the Giants POV, head over to Fan Sided Blogs’ G-Men H.Q. I have a feeling they are expecting a walkover tonight…
Mlive’s list of things to watch is pretty much the same as their sister paper. It includes watching for the progress of Keith Smith and Jordon Dizon, how the new defensive backfield holds up and the backup QB battle between Dan Orloxsky and Drew Stanton.
The Detroit News mentions much the same items as Mlive (Smith, Dizon, the QB’s), and adds the OT position battle between 1st round pick Gosder Cherilus vs. illegal prodecure specialist George Foster and the revamped d-line post Shaun Rogers.
Personally, I’m most interested in seeing Kevin Smith. I fully expect the 3rd round pick from Central Florida to carry the rushing burden this season. The Lions claim they have a renewed commitment to run the ball. Tonight is our first opportunity to see if they can do more than just talk about a good running game, and actually develop one.
As for what’s up tonight at SLR, I’m live blogging the game on a tape delay basis (God damn draconian NFL broadcast rules!). As this is my first gameday as lead blogger, I’ll be using the exhibition season to see what works and what doesn’t in blogging the Lions. It’s my preseason too!
See you in the gameday thread, which will be going live shortly.