Detroit Lions vs. New York Jets: Post-Game Quotes

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Aug 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions offensive guard Laken Tomlinson (72) looks to make a block during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Guard Laken Tomlinson

On if his first-career NFL game was everything he expected: “Yes, it was. I went out there and felt like I did everything I wanted to do and just going in there and having fun with the guys. It was definitely an enjoyable first game for me and I’m looking forward to the future.”

On Coach Caldwell’s thoughts on the offensive line’s performance: “He said we did a good job up front. Obviously, there’s going to be stuff that we have to keep on working on and we’re going to keep on doing that, but overall it was a pretty good job. Just have to keep working and building on what we have right now.”

On how his techniques have improved since college: “Yeah, just being a little more technically sound, being more balanced in my techniques and just being able to exert more power through technique. So, I definitely felt that I was more technically sound in this game compared to previous games in college. Just have to keep improving on that and we’ll see in the future.”

On the rookies’ overall performance: “Rookies, we come out and we’re hungry. We’re trying to make our place on the team and these are opportunities where we get to do that and we’re going to make the most of that opportunity.”

Detroit Lions Running Back Ameer Abdullah

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On his long run tonight: “The line did a great job of getting the edge and sealing things for me. It’s my job to make the first guy miss, and the receivers released to block downfield. So, it was executed pretty well. The timing of it, the quarterback selling the opposite way well, we executed on all cylinders.”

On the feeling he gets when making linebackers miss their tackles: “I don’t have much time to reflect on it, because once that happens I have to get on to the next defender. But it’s something that I take a lot of pride in, and something that I’m looking forward to bringing to this team.”

On how he works on dodging tacklers: “In practice every day. We practice it. The defense is doing a good job of giving us great looks in practice. They compete to the highest level, so we feel confident coming into this game after going against our defense. You get to practice those things on your own players, so when you go out and play in the real game it’s much easier.”

On the offensive line’s performance tonight: “Outstanding, outstanding. They got a lot of good push, a lot of good push. We really wanted to emphasize running today, and the offensive line really answered the call and brought their A-game. Pretty much all you saw was because of them opening up lanes.”

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