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Detroit Lions: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 2
Jeff Risdon – Bleacher Report
Eliminating the mental mistakes is paramount. It’s not just Ndamukong Suh and his frustrating inability to control himself in the heat of battle. The Lions were flagged for two false starts and two offsides penalties in the win. Louis Delmas committed a senseless unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for entering the fray after the play with a little too much to say.
Joseph Fauria might not have a future in dance, but it sure seems like he’ll have one in the National Football League.
The rookie wasn’t among the 254 players selected in April’s draft, but was snapped up by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent and was among the final players to make the 53-man roster.
Then with the Lions clinging to a three-point fourth-quarter lead Sunday in their season opener, Fauria caught a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it a two-possession game. Detroit went on to win 34-24.
COORDINATOR CUT-UP: John Bonamego expecting a quick bounce-back performance from Sam Martin
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com
Tim Twentyman sits down with special teams coordinator John Bonamego to discuss the play of rookie punter Sam Martin in the Lions’ 34-24 season-opening win over Minnesota
Darius Slay still learning and still starting right cornerback for Lions
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News
Think of Rashean Mathis as the Lions closer.
Coach Jim Schwartz said Monday rookie Darius Slay will continue to start at right cornerback, even though he was replaced by the veteran Mathis in the fourth quarter against the Vikings last weekend.
“It was more of a call to the bullpen,” Schwartz said. “(Slay) had given up a play in front and then a play behind and it looked like they were getting ready to start picking on him. The biggest thing there is we didn’t want him to start playing conservative because of the double-move play he had given up over the top.
“You just need to put that fire out and what better person (is there) to put a fire out than a very experienced player like Rashean Mathis?”