Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

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Opinion: Jim Caldwell’s handling of Nick Fairley can establish culture of accountability
Justin Rogers –

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell made a statement this week, demoting Nick Fairley to the second unit. The decision, which was at least partially tied to the defensive tackle’s inability to keep his weight under control, gives credibility to Caldwell’s demands for accountability, no matter how important the player is perceived to be to the team’s success.

O’HARA’S FRIDAY FOCUS: Jeremy Ross didn’t wait long to make an impression
Mike O’Hara —

Jeremy Ross didn’t have to wait as long as last year to make an impression with the Lions.

Ross caught the first kickoff of the preseason at the goal line and returned it 49 yards to put the Lions in position to drive to a field goal on their first possession and take a 3-0 lead over the Browns.

The return was a sign of what can come from Ross this season as a key member of the Lions’ special teams.

With ex-NFL father in ear, Detroit Lions rookie Larry Webster Jr. makes strong debut
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

Did he watch it? Yeah, you bet he watched it. Larry Webster Jr. didn’t make the trip from Baltimore to see his son, Lions rookie defensive end Larry Webster, make his professional debut in last week’s exhibition opener. He is waiting for the real thing on Monday night in a few weeks.

Lions’ Bill Bentley wants to corral more picks this season
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Bill Bentley was taken aback the other day at the premise that he improved over the course of the 2013 season.

“We were losing, so I really didn’t know,” the Lions cornerback said. “I don’t want to talk about last year. I want to talk about this year. We’ve got new coaches, a great scheme and I just want to get out there and make plays wherever I’m fitted at.”

Tags: Bill Bentley Detroit Lions Jeremy Ross Jim Caldwell Larry Webster Nick Fairley

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