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Johnson: ‘I hope he does outrun me – that means he’s scoring’

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 30, 2010 – 5:48 pm

“It was good to be back at home – in front of the home fans. We hopefully gave them something to look forward to so they can come out on Thursday as well. We were shooting ourselves in the foot there a little early – had some big plays get called back. But one thing I did like is how we responded to Coach after halftime. He said we wanted to score and we marched down the field and scored.

“I can already tell that defenses look at us differently with the way Jahvid can run the ball. And now, everybody’s going to see that film and see how explosive and shifty this guy is. They’re going to have to put more men in the box, which helps us out and vice versa. If that’ll be there for us on offense, we should get some good looks.

“It’s exciting when you have a guy who can take it to the house any time. One thing it does – it makes you have to block every play. If you don’t block, you’re going to get exposed. Definitely has us on our convoy.

“I hope he does outrun me – that means he’s scoring – but we’ll be able to get out in front. That’s one thing that Coach Jefferson is stressing, is that we get across the field to get those safeties so we get those touchdown blocks for him.

“I think so far this preseason, we’ve seen a lot of positive things in our position group. I don’t recall any drops – that’s a plus. Our route running has been pretty good. There’s a lot of positive things to be taken out of it. That’s really all you want to do right now. It’s really just a correction period before the season starts. We want to take all the positive and then turn all the negatives into positives.”


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Delmas Glad to Get Back on the Field

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 28, 2010 – 10:28 pm

Safety Louis Delmas saw his first game action of 2010 Saturday against the Cleveland Browns.

He was held to a set number of plays – approximately 20 – and finished the game with one solo tackle.

Delmas: “The first tackle felt great – it felt real good.”

Delmas says the environment was great and the fans were very loud.

Delmas: “The crowd got me into it and I had a good time.”

Now the key will be how he feels tomorrow and Monday.

Delmas: “I’m pretty sure I’ll be alright because I’m feeling great right now. But the big thing is how I feel tomorrow.”


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Players Confirmed Out for Saturday Evening’s Preseason Home Opener

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 28, 2010 – 3:43 pm

View Lions vs. Browns starting lineups

Lions players confirmed out for this evening’s game against Cleveland:

  • K Jason Hanson
  • CB Jonathan Wade
  • CB Jack Williams
  • S C.C. Brown
  • CB Aaron Berry
  • DE Lawrence Jackson

The Browns have confirmed the following players out:

  • DB Coye Francies
  • RB Montario Hardesty
  • LB D’Qwell Jackson
  • OL Joel Reinders
  • DL Titus Adams
  • DL C.J. Mosley
  • OL Floyd Womack
  • OL John St. Clair
  • DL Shaun Rogers

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Schwartz: ‘We NEED Lions’ all of Lions’ Nation to turn out’

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 25, 2010 – 8:40 am

Individual game tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. and Head Coach Jim Schwartz is hoping Lions’ fans will help make Ford Field loud.

On his Twitter page – http://www.twitter.com/jschwartzlions – Schwartz says:

“Single game tickets on sale today. We NEED all of Lions’ Nation to turn out to help make Ford Field an intimidating home field advantage.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. ET, fans can go to http://www.detroitlions.com/tickets/individual-tickets.html to purchase!


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Johnson: ‘The more Jahvid touches the ball the more we’ll keep getting better’

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 23, 2010 – 7:09 pm

“This last game was the same as the first game. I think both sides of the ball did even better. As an offense, we were moving the ball up and down the field. We didn’t score as many touchdowns as we wanted, but we were definitely getting points off of those drives and getting the ball in the red zone every time we touched the ball.

“Capitalizing in the red zone will get better when we have more time to game plan when the season comes around. Preseason, we work on us first and then we go to work on the other team for a day or two. The coaches probably look at it more than that, but as far as we go, that’s as much as we really get to practice. It’ll get better after the season starts.

“The touchdown I had on Saturday was a great throw by Matt – only where I can get it. That’s what Coach talks about all the time: letting me set my feet so I can go up and get it and that’s exactly what we wanted to do.

“The offense was more in sync and the more Jahvid touches the ball the more we’ll keep getting better. He’s so fast; when he gets around the corner, you never know what’s going to happen. He looks like he’s running fast already, but when he hits the corners, he kicks it up two more gears and rolls by everybody and all of a sudden it’s an eight-yard gain. It looks like it’s going to be two yards and it turns into eight.

“On the long run he had, he might have gone all the way had the guy not grabbed his facemask. I had one guy, so he would have had to beat that other guy. He probably would have had to make a nice little cutback because I was on the sideline with my guy, but you never know with him.

“We’ve got some weapons at tight end and Nate converted a couple crucial third downs for us to keep drives going. We’ll really see what impact these new guys have once the season starts.

“While it’d be great, I don’t think we’ll be seeing as much cover-one as we’ve been seeing right now. It is preseason and teams want to work on things that they might struggle with. They work on it in the preseason because they don’t want to work on it during the season. I think we’ll see a lot more two-high during the season, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens.”


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What Should Dan Miller Ask Matthew Stafford?

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 22, 2010 – 3:51 am

QB Matthew Stafford will be joining FOX 2′s Dan Miller this upcoming Tuesday, August 24 for a live interview on FOX 2 News at 6:00 p.m.

FOX 2 wants to know what they should ask Stafford!

Submit your questions by following this link: Ask Matthew Stafford


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First-Team Offense, Defense Cohesive and Efficient in First Half

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 22, 2010 – 2:43 am

The Lions once again showed cohesiveness and efficiency in preseason play, leading after the first half, 16-14.

The first-team offense played the entire first half, slotting one touchdown and three field goals. Though the offense was effective, scoring in each drive, Head Coach Jim Schwartz would have liked to see more than one touchdown.

Schwartz: “We didn’t score sevens. We missed a couple opportunities in the red zone. We need to get seven on the board. We had a couple drops or (instances where) it was just off our fingertips. And threes (field goals) aren’t enough – people can get back in the game quickly if you keep kicking field goals.”

Quarterback Matthew Stafford spread the ball around, finishing 13-of-18 for 130 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The touchdown pass came just two plays after an interception by cornerback Dre’ Bly put Detroit on the Denver 27-yard line.

Johnson led all receivers with 34 yards on two receptions while Maurice Morris (1 rec, 23 yards), Tony Scheffler (2 rec, 22 yards), Nate Burleson (3 rec, 19 yards), Kevin Smith (2 rec, 13 yards), Jahvid Best (2 rec, 10 yards) and Bryant Johnson (1 rec, 9 yards) also contributed to the Lions’ passing game.

Stafford: “We had a chance to get a bunch of guys the ball and we’re just trying to take what the defense is giving us. If they’re giving us the underneath we’re going to take it and if they’re giving us the shot deep we’re going to take that. These guys made a bunch of great plays for me out there and we were able to move the ball. We’ve got to put it in the end zone now.”

Detroit also performed well on the ground, coming away with 62 rushing yards. Best led the Lions with 49 yards on 8 carries, including a 15-yard run in which he was pulled down by a facemask.

Defensively, the first-team was on the field for three series, creating constant pressure up front. Untimely penalties hurt Detroit, but the defense did finish with one sack by Kyle Vanden Bosch and the interception by Bly.

Safety Randy Phillips, who started in place of safety Louis Delmas, also had a solid half with a team-leading four tackles.


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Don’t Forget to Sign Up for NFL.com’s Free Fantasy Football Game!

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 21, 2010 – 6:09 pm

Will Matthew Stafford‘s stock rise after tonight’s performance at Denver?

Currently, Stafford is rated 124th on NFL.com’s top 200 list for 2010 Fantasy Football.

Players in the top 50 include WR Calvin Johnson (No. 23) and rookie RB Jahvid Best (No. 35).

Sign up now … it’s free!

If you are looking to win prizes from the Detroit Lions, you can sign up for the 2010 Home Team Challenge. In the Home Team Challenge, you will compete with other Detroit Lions’ fans in a fantasy football game.

Sign up for the 2010 Home Team Challenge!


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Players Confirmed Out for Tonight’s Game at Denver

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 21, 2010 – 5:43 pm

Players confirmed out for tonight’s game at Denver include:

  • CB Aaron Berry
  • DE Jared DeVries
  • DE Lawrence Jackson
  • CB Jonathan Wade
  • CB Jack Williams (PUP)

Tonight’s preseason game at Denver will be broadcast on WWJ-TV in high-definition. Kickoff is set for 9:00 p.m. ET.

In the broadcast booth will be WWJ-TV Lions Pre-season veterans Matt Shepard doing play-by-play and Michigan native Rob Rubick. The sideline team will include Steve Courtney and Charlie Sanders.

Stations broadcasting the game include:

WWJ – Detroit
WXMI – Grand Rapids
WNEM – Flint, Saginaw, Bay City
WSYM – Lansing
WFQX – Cadillac, Traverse City
WJMN – Marquette
WNWO – Toledo, OH


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Lions’ Fan Walking 425 Miles to Support the Team

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 20, 2010 – 4:30 pm

To show support to the Detroit Lions, Joe Paquette, 63, is walking from his home in Munising, Mi (Upper Peninsula) to the Lions practice facility in downstate Allen Park, 425 miles, bringing the message of “Sisu!”

“Sisu” is Finnish for “strength of will, determination, perseverance and acting rationally in the face of adversity.”

Paquette’s family has started a Facebook page so fans can follow his journey to Allen Park.

Today’s update is: “Dad is headed south on highway 15. They are looking for places to park the RV.”

Follow Paquette’s journey on Facebook and stay tuned to Detroitlions.com for more!


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