Time again for the Lions Congregation! This will be a regular Thursday Night feature throughout the preseason.
1. Who was the player that surprised you the most with their play againstAtlanta?
I would have to say that Aaron Brown surprised me the most. I hadn’t really seen/heard much on him heading into that game — other than his screw-ups at practice. While he still needs to get his head screwed on right as far as learning the playbook, his speed could make him a great weapon for the Lions’ coaches to use. I also thought the play of the Oline merited mention as well. Even the Atlanta papers were talking about how disappointed they were in Atlanta’s defense just plain not getting good pressure. Especially taking into consideration there was maybe one WR on the field who will be on the final roster, and Kevin smith was out after the first series, that was a phenomenal effort by the online to buy time and create holes. They still need a lot of work, don’t get me wrong, but they were a pleasant surprise.
2. Will Chuck Darby still be on the roster come the start of the season?
Nope. It’s a numbers game, and his number is up. There are younger, cheaper guys on the team who are playing much better than him. He didn’t play awful, but he didn’t flash anything. There isn’t much gas left in the tank there, and it shows. Cohen will be starting, and with Smith, Harris, Flu, and Hill all playing better than him… See ya Chuck.
3. Which Defensive Ends will be on the team at the start of the season and what roles will they play?
I think at least one is on another team right now, on the bubble, and will be snapped up when cut. Who it is, I don’t know — but there are 32 or 4 teams with too many good young and veteran DL who are going to have to cut some. With first shot on the waiver wire, the Lions will pick one up if it’s there. As of now, I think Avril and White are your starters, with Hunter, Kees, and IAF fighting for the other backup spots. I have been less impressed with Hunter than IAF, and that’s not saying a lot. IAF should be inside, but DeVries’ injury puts him out of ideal position again. Peterson will be rushing the passer, I am sure, like a DE and it appears the coaching staff is testing what all each player can do so as to be able to try to hide that weakness. We and they know it will be impossible, but at least they are getting creative — unlike the last few years.