Aug 28, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) is chased out of the pocket by Detroit Lions defensive end George Johnson (68) during the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills: Halftime Rapid Reactions

The Detroit Lions are halfway through their preseason finale against the Buffalo Bills. Here are some quick thoughts based on what happened in the first half.

  • Darius Slay may take a big step forward this season but there will be growing pains. That much was obvious with Slay being flagged for pass interference on consecutive plays. Neither play was influenced by the so-called “points of emphasis” so those plays will surely be flags in the regular season.
  • Ziggy Ansah’s sack total as a rookie looked nice but most of those were of the clean-up variety rather than a result of his own pass rushing pressure. Ansah’s first half sack was all about him as he muscled Cordy Glenn to get to the quarterback.
  • Nate Freese already beat out Giorgio Tavecchio for the kicking job but his 53-yard field goal should inspire confidence in him leading into the regular season. Straight as an arrow and plenty of distance, there doesn’t appear to be any need to scour the list of veteran free agent kickers. Freese is now 4-for-4 on preseason field goal attempts with two of those coming from more than 50 yards out.
  • It’s time to lock in a roster spot for safety Isa Abdul-Quddus. His interception sealed a win in the preseason opener and his interception tonight set up the game’s first touchdown. It was a ball that just wasn’t well throw by Bills quarterback Jordan Palmer but it still took a nice play on the ball by Abdul-Quddus.
  • Corey Fuller hasn’t had a ton of balls thrown his way this preseason but he has made the most of them. A nice out route got him open for a first down catch then he found some space in the Bills defense for a 25-yard catch in the end zone. Will it be enough to earn him a spot on the 53-man roster?
  • If all goes well, the Lions won’t have to see a backup quarterback on the field in 2014 so the debate of the standing of Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore is relatively moot. That being said, Moore deserves to make the roster and his play should be enough to force the Lions to keep three quarterbacks on the roster.

Tags: Detroit Lions Isa Abdul-Quddus Kellen Moore Nate Freese Ziggy Ansah

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