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Detroit Lions: What We’ve Learned Through Week 2 of Preseason
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report
The Detroit Lions have two preseason games in the books. Both contests came down to the final minutes, a 13-12 victory over Cleveland in the opener and a 27-26 loss in Oakland in Week 2.
Between those two games and the training camp sessions, we’ve learned quite a bit about these Lions. There are some significant changes going on under new head coach Jim Caldwell and his fresh coordinators.
NFL’s longer PATs accomplish goal so far: No more gimmes
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press
The NFL’s two-week experiment of longer extra points is almost over, and early indications are that moving the kick back to a 33-yard attempt accomplished what the league’s competition committee hoped — making it much less of a gimme.
Entering Sunday’s exhibition game, kickers missed eight extra points in 127 tries, including one by Lions rookie Nate Freese in Saturday night’s 27-26 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Chris Greenwood has all the measurables. How many times have you heard that said about the Detroit Lions young cornerback? But measurables will only get you so far. At some point, potential has to turn into production.
That’s the crossroads Greenwood has reached in his career. A fifth-round draft pick in 2012, the Detroit native who played his college football at Albion has struggled to stay on the field.
Lions embracing lots of captains
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News
The Lions have had six different players represent the team as captains in the two exhibition games thus far, and there probably will be six others who run out for the coin toss in the final two games.