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New Ndamukong Suh gives Lions reason to be optimistic
Drew Sharp – USA TODAY Sports
But it’s a different Suh. He’s grown up. Maybe he’s learned that any negative perceptions regarding him previously were more the result of his own actions rather than from anybody else. It takes time for even the most freakishly talented to gain the necessary clarity that allows them to reach their full potential.
Lesson from first exhibition – Reggie Bush makes Detroit Lions better
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press
It was second-and-8, midway through the first quarter of a game where everyone with an NFL future was just trying to break a sweat, stay healthy and get off the field. But if you watched close enough, Reggie Bush showed why the Lions’ offense has the potential to be scary good this year.
Bush lined up next to Matthew Stafford in the shotgun, on the same side of the field as Calvin Johnson.
When Stafford took the snap, Bush bolted out of the backfield into the short flat, leaving Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie in a lose-lose situation.
Coach Jim Schwartz said after Sunday’s workout it wouldn’t be ideal for Delmas to miss the entire preseason, but the veteran also pulled it off in the past, which allays concerns about whether he plays before the season opener Sept. 8 against Minnesota.
Lions cornerbacks criticized for their play against the Jets
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News
You could see during the first exhibition game Friday against the Jets what the Lions want to do on defense. You could also see why there is a chance they won’t be able to do it as much as they’d like.
The Lions want to be disruptive. They went out and either signed or drafted bigger, stronger and faster players on the defensive line and in the secondary. They want to hurry, harass and badger offenses out of their comfort zone, which they hope will facilitate more turnovers.
And they are no longer content relying on the defensive line to create all the pressure.
The Lions want to blitz. They showed that, especially early Friday. But as the game went on and the play of defensive backs, particularly the corners, regressed, the coaches became reluctant to risk the blitz.