Johnson: “New motto within the WR room: ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy'”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 10, 2012 – 4:33 pm

“Being on a three-game losing streak doesn’t change our mentality, though we have a new motto within the receivers room: “no more Mr. Nice Guy.” We need to turn up our intensity a little bit, especially in our position. We’re not playing bad by any means, but we can turn up our intensity and make more plays happen to help out in the run game a little more. That’s kind of what we’re focusing on right now.

“Finding a rhythm on offense has been tough because we’re seeing a lot of different coverages. We have to adapt to it. That’s our job. We can’t just let defenses keep doing what they’re doing or they’re going to keep on doing it. It’s a copycat league – we have to come up with something to answer against it. So if defenses want to play two-man or double me, somebody else has to step up and make plays.

“I’m looking forward to going up against the Eagles’ defense. This might be a chance where we get quite a bit of one-on-one in a game, which we haven’t seen since early last year, really. It’s going to be good for us at the receiver positions, tight ends, everybody that’s touching the ball on offense has the chance to have a good game.

“Philly is one of the most hostile environments that I’ve played in. I’ve played in most of them but, besides Oakland, they’re up there. One thing I know we need to do is go out there on point. We started off with a good practice today. We need to get on top and get their fans to start booing them a little bit because I know they’ll do it.”


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Pettigrew and Delmas limited at Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 10, 2012 – 4:00 pm

The first injury report of the week is out and five players showed up as limited on the report.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew returned to the practice field today after missing Tuesday’s bonus practice for what head coach Jim Schwartz described as “an extra day of rest.” Pettigrew was listed as limited on Wednesday with a knee injury.

Also limited for the Lions was defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Louis Delmas (knee), defensive tackle Sammie Hill (toe) and safety Amari Spievey (groin).

We’ll have to wait until Friday at 4 p.m. to learn the game designations for each of those players.

The Lions were without defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (rest day) and receiver Titus Young (knee) for Wednesday’s practice.

Linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) was listed on the injury report as a full participant.


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TE Brandon Pettigrew back at Lions practice

Posted by ttwentyman on October 10, 2012 – 11:55 am

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew returned to the practice field today after missing Tuesday’s bonus practice for what head coach Jim Schwartz described as “an extra day of rest”.

The Lions will release their first official injury report of the week at 4 p.m.

The Lions were without defensive tackle Corey Williams, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and receiver Titus Young for Wednesday’s practice. Both Vanden Bosch and Young have been dealing with knee injuries this season, but it’s unclear if today’s absence was related to any injuries or just a day of rest.

Safety Louis Delmas practiced for a second consecutive day and seems in line to play Sunday in Philadelphia.


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