Detroit Lions Preseason: Who To Watch Against Jaguars

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November 4, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) gets stopped by a pack of Jacksonville Jaguars players during the first half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

It’s preseason game number three for the Detroit Lions which means it’s the dress rehearsal.

The last two weeks I covered players like Jonte Green and Chris Greenwood and while those two could definitely make an impact this year, the criteria to make the list this week is a bit different.

For the most important preseason game I want to focus on the players who have shown the most growth and production this offseason.

Offense

Matthew Stafford

The Lions will only go as far as he does. Through two games Stafford has looked sharp and his mechanics and accuracy have been on point. The Jaguars defense should give us a better idea of if new-look Stafford is here to stay.

Ryan Broyles

Broyles, aside from Golden Tate, has been the most impressive receiver on the Lions roster in preseason so far. He has displayed surprisingly good burst and sure hands. Add in Broyles’ smooth route running and he should be a lock for the roster and potential the third receiver behind Johnson and Tate.

The biggest question for Broyles moving forward will be if he can stay healthy.

George Winn

What more can George Winn do to earn a roster spot?

He’s looked much better than Mikel Leshoure and proven to be a reliable tackler on special teams.

If offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi decides to go running back by committee this season then Winn may get even more opportunities to expand his role, assuming he makes the final cuts.

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