Detroit Lions Preseason: Who To Watch Against Jaguars

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Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs the ball after getting away from Detroit Lions defensive end Larry Webster (79) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Defense

Ziggy Ansah

I know I said that this article was going to be geared towards the players that have out preformed the other players at their positions, but an exception has to be made for Ziggy Ansah. Ansah has missed the entire offseason with a shoulder injury, but appears ready to go for Friday’s game against the Jaguars.

Isa Abdul-Quddus and Larry Webster

AQ was a great addition to a secondary that had a lot of new faces and question marks heading into the offseason. The same can be said about Larry Webster as the Lions rotational pass rushers on the outside looked a bit shallow on the depth chart.

The reason both players are grouped together here is because they need to show the same thing against the Jaguars which effectiveness and consistency.

At this point, I’d be shocked if either one of these players didn’t make the roster.

Special Teams

Giorgio Tavecchio and Nate Freese

The role of place kicker is very much up for grabs in Detroit, as evidence by the Lions decision to alternate reps between Tavecchio and Freese.

Honorable Mentions:

One player to watch for on the Jags side of the ball is Blake Bortles as the Lions continue their tour of rookie quarterbacks. Bortles has been one of the most impressive, if not the most impressive rookie quarterback so far and I’d imagine he gets a look against the Lions first team defense.

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