Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) is tackled by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) in the first quarter of a preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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‘Kickalicious’ Havard Rugland could be odd man out after struggling with kickoffs for Detroit Lions
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Kickalicious’ days in Honolulu blue could be nearing an end.

Havard Rugland, who has drawn international attention for his rise from YouTube sensation to Detroit Lions placekicker, made his only field-goal attempt in Thursday’s 24-6 loss against the Cleveland.

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Havard Rugland hasn’t missed a field goal in the preseason, but that still might not be enough for him to make the Detroit Lions.
Associated Press

But coach Jim Schwartz said Rugland struggled with his kickoffs, and expressed little optimism about the Norwegian’s bid to make the 53-man roster.

10 Questions with Twentyman: After two preseason games what do the Lions need to work on?
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

With two preseason games in the books, Tim Twentyman answers 10 questions on what he’s observed so far
The preseason is half over and the regular season is just three weeks away. Now seemed as good a time as any to answer my Twitter mailbag at @ttwentyman.

Terry Foster With Lions Bill Bentley
Terry Foster – CBS Detroit

Lions cornerback Bill Bentley was not thrilled with the team’s performance during Thursday night’s 24-6 preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. But he wants to look ahead.

The day after he watched game film, soaked his body and joined ValentiandFoster.com to talk about the team and his efforts to help The Detroit Public Schools gather school supplies.

Ugly loss gives Lions a look at what areas need work
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Optimism is a funny thing in August, when one big exhibition performance can cause people outside NFL buildings to make rash judgments on players, teams and talent, and one poor one — the Lions’ 24-6 loss to the Browns, for instance — can send up flares that otherwise would stay in the box.

That’s not to dismiss how the Lions played Thursday. Put simply, they stunk in every aspect of the game.

But the truth about the preseason is that games barely matter, and hiccups like Thursday’s help coaches get their teaching points across more clearly.

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  • Terry Welsh

    Actually, the Lions punter will probably be doing their kickoffs anyway, or did everyone miss that fact? I see someone wrote that he won’t make it through the waver wire, but he hasn’t been placed there just yet.