Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during player introductions prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

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Lions’ exhibition opener features debut of Caldwell and dynamic new offense
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

The Lions will unveil their new offense in their preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns tonight at Ford Field, and after months of behind-the-scenes work, they hope to unleash a newly refined Stafford, too.

Stafford said that he’s completely comfortable in the terminology of the new offense and that he has embraced the need to “scrap everything and start from new.” And he’s certainly surrounded by a deeper, better supporting cast.

Johnson’s character makes impression on Tate
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Coaches and players always are impressed with Calvin Johnson.

“Calvin has passed my expectations, and I’m talking about by light years,” receiver Golden Tate said.

The Lions signed Tate to a five-year, $31 million deal hoping to find a reliable No. 2 receiver to help free Johnson, the only receiver named first-team All-Pro three straight seasons since Terrell Owens (2000-02).

5 Detroit Lions Player Rankings that Madden NFL 15 Got Wrong
by: Brian Kalchik — Rant Sports

EA Sports has started to officially release their player rankings for the ‘Madden NFL 15′ game, and the Detroit Lions’ full roster was released this past Sunday. Some of the Lions’ player ratings have been controversial, while some are right on the money. This countdown explores which five Detroit Lions players were incorrectly rated in the game.

Drew Sharp: Don’t believe the hype – until we see Manziel play
Drew Sharp — Detroit Free Press

Another new Lions’ head coaching era debuts tonight with the start of the preseason, but Jim Caldwell’s introduction is little more than a backdrop. The real center of attention at Ford Field will be standing on the opposite side of the field at the opening kickoff, likely not taking the field for the first time until the second quarter.

The Johnny Football Circus comes to Detroit.

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