Detroit Lions preseason: Why the New York Jets are a good test

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Ziggy puts on the pressure
DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 20: Quarterback Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball against Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions and Miles Killebrew #35 during first half action at Ford Field on November 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Defensive maneuvers

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Obviously, mission one, staying healthy, wasn’t so successful last week as two defensive players went out with big injuries. Kerry Hyder and Brandon Copeland, both expected to contribute significantly, are both out for the year. The Lions have since waived Copeland.

Considering the lack of quality at defensive end, the Hyder injury is probably more severe of a blow to the starting unit. Copeland, an outside linebacker primarily, was expected to rotate in as an end.

Jarrad Davis looked good in his first game in the Silver and Blue. If he continues to improve, the Lions may have found the leader that their defense has lacked for a long time. He can cover running backs and tight ends and is getting better by the minute.

Golladay hype train

If it weren’t for the injuries, just about the only thing people are discussing is rookie wideout, Kenny Golladay. The news out of camp is that he is taking first team rep’s as an outside receiver. His ascent up the depth chart is not just hype.

The move appears partly an attempt to get the shorter receiver, Golden Tate, into the slot to take advantage of his quickness. Golladay, who scored twice in his preseason debut, will use his greater height on the outside, where he has excelled.