Detroit Lions Preseason: What To Watch For Against Browns

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Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is chased by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions training camp has come and gone and now it’s time to get a feel for what Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff have implemented this offseason.

While just about everything schematically is vanilla in preseason there are still question marks at outside linebacker, corner, nickel corner, right tackle, kicker, and many rotational spots that will need to be answered before the season starts.

Here’s who fans should keep a close eye on during the Lions preseason opener against the Browns on Saturday night:

Defense

Chris Greenwood

Greenwood has been on of the most anticipated under-the-radar players thanks to his off the chart measurables. Coming into the NFL from division III Albion is a tough transition for anyone, even an athlete of Greenwood’s caliber. Offseason injuries the past two seasons have slowed his development even further. In Teryl Austin’s press-coverage system Greenwood should thrive, but that hasn’t been the case, at least early on.

Our very own Kent Platte has done a great job covering training camp and has reported that Greenwood hasn’t looked very good in training camp which means that he needs to really impress with the opportunities he gets on the field.

These next four games could be the make or break games of his career.

Jonte Green

Another 2012 draft product that has a chance to show a new coaching staff what he’s got. With Cassius Vaughn and Bill Bentley penciled into the second string units, Green could be competing with Greenwood for a roster spot when it is all said and done.

George Johnson

With starting defensive end Ziggy Ansah sidelined with an injury George Johnson will have a big opportunity in preseason to secure a spot in the defensive end rotation. He was impressive in training camp now he’s just got to carry the momentum into the preseason and show it’s not a fluke.

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