In a real snooze fest, even for a preseason game, the Detroit Lions fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 25-7 on Saturday.
Even in the scope of a preseason game, it's easy to overreact to anything that happens--good or bad. And there was plenty of concern for Lions' fans to focus on from the loss to Jacksonville.
Here's a sampling of some overreactions to the Lions' loss in the second preseason game.
Offensive line depth
After the game, it was easy to lament how bad the Lions' offensive line depth is. It's an issue that's not unique to them, but it was still alarming to the point of rampant overreaction. The Lions still have one of the best starting offensive lines in the league, and like many other teams there will be fingers crossed they all stay healthy.
The same goes for the secondary, which was notably rebuilt this offseason. The projected starters didn't play against Jacksonville, and those who struggled wouldn't be on the field together. Players like Starling Thomas or Steven Gilmore played well enough to have a chance to make the roster, but most of these guys will end up on the practice squad or released after the final preseason game against Carolina.
Wide receiver depth
The Denzel Mims trade yielded nothing. It seemed more and more unlikely he would makethe team, and the draft picks in the deal were conditional on him making the Lions' 53-man roster.He was waived with an injury designation on Friday, effectively voiding the trade. There is no reason to worry about the team's depth at wide receiver, as those projected to make the team or come close are in good health. The exception is Jameson Williams, who's out for the preseason with a hamstring injury. However, Williams will not play for the first six games of the season after violating the NFL's gambling policy.
Even in preseason, with time to marinate on it before the next game, it's too easy to overreact to what happens in a single NFL game. But Lions fans can calm down just a little after a rough preseason loss, and know the roster plan heading into Week 1 is in good hands.