- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talked this week about starting fast and getting some good reps in the first few offensive series vs. the Jets.
- The Lions scored only 20 points on first-possession drives last year and opened the preseason last year vs. Cleveland with two three-and-outs and an eight-play drive that resulted in a punt on their third series.
- Stafford and the first-team offense played two series Friday night. The first went five plays and resulted in a punt.
- Stafford led the Lions on a 52-yard, seven-play drive on the second series that resulted in a 47-yard David Akers field goal. Receiver Calvin Johnson had catches of 28 and 22 yards on the drive.
- Receiver Matt Willis is trying to throw his hat into the conversation for either the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver spot. He had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
- He made an acrobatic 28-yard catch along the sideline that was initially called incomplete but replay overturned the call. He made another fine diving catch for a 15-yard touchdown.
- Shaun Hill continues to show why he’s considered one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league. He kept a number of plays alive with his feet and finished 11-of-18 passing for 136 yards and a score.
- He orchestrated a nice two-minute drive at the end of the half that culminated with a 35-yard David Akers FG with four seconds left.
- On the defensive side of the ball, it didn’t take defensive end Ziggy Ansah long to show he’s got some playmaking ability. The rookie intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL series.
- Cornerback Bill Bentley got beat a couple time inside and didn’t tackle well. The Lions like his skill set in the middle of the field, but he didn’t have a great start to his preseason, in my opinion.
- The safety play by the first-team defense was good. Glover Quin nearly had a pick-six and Don Carey made a nice play in the backfield on a blitz. They cleaned up plays well.
- The linebackers struggled some. I thought Ashlee Palmer was the best of the trio of players trying to win that starting outside job. Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis both made mistakes in the passing game and seemed a step slow to plays.
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