Ah yes, football is back! There have been moments in this off-season that left us scratching our heads, jumping for joy, and counting down the minutes until the season begins. Now, it’s finally time to catch a peek at what is to come this season. The New York Jets will pay a visit to Detroit for the first pre-season game this year.
Although it is likely that we will only see the first team offense and defense for a drive or two, we are still allowed to be excited to see the boys in blue back on the field! Here is your Lions pre-season game preview. First, a look at the moves the team made this off-season:
|Signed to Reserve/Future Contracts:||C Taylor Boggs, CB Crezdon Butler, C Braxston Cave, DT Jermelle Cudjo, QB Garrett Gilbert, LB Jerell Harris, DE Phillip Hunt, FB Emil Igwenagu, C Darren Keyton, CB Nate Ness, WR Andrew Peacock, DT Roy Philon, DT Xavier Proctor, TE Jordan Thompson, OT Michael Williams, DB Trevon Wade|
|2015 Draft Selections:||OG Laken Tomlinson (28), RB Ameer Abdullah (54), CB Alex Carter (80), DT Gabe Wright (113), FB Michael Burton (168), CB Quandre Diggs (200), OT Corey Robinson (240)|
|Undrafted Free Agent Signings:||OG Al Bond, K Kyle Brindza, WR Jarred Haggins, S Isaiah Johnson, WR Vernon Johnson, RB Desmond Martin, TE Casey Pierce, LB Kevin Snyder, S Brian Suite, RB Rasheed Williams, OG Torrian Wilson, RB Zach Zenner|
|Released:||RB Reggie Bush, OG Rodney Austin, QB Anthony Boone, CB Bill Bentley, RB Rasheed Williams, WR Skye Dawson, WR Erik Lora, CB Ethan Davis|
|Resigned:||LS Don Muhlback, QB Dan Orlovsky, DE Darryl Tapp, K Matt Prater, QB Kellen Moore, LB Josh Bynes, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, CB Rashean Mathis, WR Jeremy Ross, LB DeAndre Levy|
|Signed:||DT Tyrunn Walker, LB Brandon Copeland, CB Josh Wilson, WR Lance Moore, CB Chris Owens, WR Greg Salas, DE Corey Wootton, TE David Ausberry, S Nathan Lindsey, WR Erik Lora, S Taylor Mays, DT Jerel Worthy|
|Traded:||DE George Johnson, CB Mohammed Seisay|
|Acquired:||G/C Manny Ramirez, DT Haloti Ngata|
Game time: 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
Location: Ford Field • Detroit, MI
TV channel: FOX 2 in Detroit (more: Lions and Jets TV affiliates)
Announcers: Matt Shepard, Rob Rubick and Nate Burleson (with Jennifer Hammond on the sideline)
Radio: Find your affiliate
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Odds: Lions by 3.5
What to watch for in the preseason opener:
1. Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah has been very impressive so far in training camp. Now, with Joique Bell still being on the PUP list, Abdullah will get a chance to show what he can do in an NFL game. Theo Riddick is listed as the starting running back, but Abdullah will surely get some touches in the first half.
2. Defensive line. This will be the first time the Lions will take the field without Ndamukong Suh since he was drafted to the team in 2010. Haloti Ngata, who was picked up via trade in an attempt to fill the hole, will be absent with a hamstring injury. Caraun Reid and Tyrunn Walker have both had strong training camps, and will be the featured tackles in this game.
3. Offensive Line. There are plenty of new faces on the offensive line, as well. Travis Swanson will get the nod at center, and Manny Ramirez will be at left guard. First round draft pick Laken Tomlinson will be in the mix as well, as he is expected to be starting at tackle when the regular season begins.
4. Stephen Tulloch. It’s been a long time since we last saw Tulloch in game action. Since tearing an ACL while celebrating a sack last season, Tulloch has completed his rehabilitation in the off-season, and says he is “back to being me.”
5. One for the Jets. Geno Smith will not be suiting up this week for the Jets. Nor will he be doing so for the next 6-10 weeks after suffering a broken jaw after now former teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali punched him in the face. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for the Jets, with rookie Bryce Petty playing as backup.
Who’s with me, Nation? It’s been a long time coming for football season to finally get here. Now, it’s actually here. Let’s go Lions!
Check out the following pages for the Unofficial depth chart, Statistical breakdown from last season, 2014 Offensive Statistics, 2014 Defensive Statistics, 2014 Special Team Statistics and finally this year’s schedule.