Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Suh is a different player, whether the NFL agrees or not
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

One observation I’ve made over the past two years has been the maturation of the talented – yet controversial – defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

After a decorated rookie season, Suh made headlines time and again during his sophomore stint with his irrational and sometimes volatile behavior on the football field.

Off the field he had a strained relationship with the media and tended to close himself off.

But over the past two seasons — and especially this year — Suh has been more engaging and an easier player for staff to work with.

Ex-Bear Isreal Idonije knows Detroit Lions need more out of him following Jason Jones’ injury
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Israel Idonije was a guy with a track record when he signed this offseason with the Detroit Lions. That included nine mostly productive years with the Chicago Bears.

But as the defensive end prepares to face his old team Sunday at Ford Field, he knows he hasn’t lived up to his billing in Detroit.

Lions defensive end Israel Idonije played nine seasons in Chicago. He’ll face his old team Sunday.
Associated Press

And he’s demanding more from himself, now that starter Jason Jones has been lost for the season at left-side end.

Detroit Lions shouldn’t trade for a wide receiver
Jamie Samuelsen – Detroit Free Press

You can’t tie the Lions’ 2012 demise to Burleson’s broken leg. But after seeing the impact he’s had through three games this season, you can’t deny that the offense is different when he’s out on the field.

So what now? Do the Lions scour the wires for an over-the-hill name to come in and save the day? Callers to 97.1 The Ticket brought up everyone from Braylon Edwards to former Lion Roy Williams on Tuesday. Do they try to work out a trade for a receiver in the league like Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks or the Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe?

Or do they look internally and tell Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham, Joseph Fauria and Patrick Edwards that the time to shine has arrived and no more mulligans will be given for injury or lack of experience?

Neither option is all that attractive. And reports are already out there that the Lions are seeking to make a trade for a wide receiver. But I think that’s a mistake. I’d keep it in house and see how this offense works in Burleson’s absence.

Calvin Johnson-stopper Charles Tillman will take some swings at Lions offense
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has the utmost respect for Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

“He’s so damn big. He’s like the LeBron James of wide receivers,” Tillman said.

“He’s like that Madden character that you can create in the game. He’s tall, he’s fast, he can catch. He’s got quickness, he’s got the speed, he’s got the agility, the leaping ability, the extra boost. He’s 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10.”

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