Video: The Most Important Lions Starter to Watch vs. Patriots in Week Three

247Sports NFL writer Max DeMara names the most important Lions starter to watch in week three of the preseason.

NFC North Podcast Ep. 3: Preseason Week 1 Review and Preview

Welcome to the NFC West Podcast!

In today’s episode, Kyle recaps preseason week 1 games, talks about the latest headlines for the four teams, and preview preseason week 2 games.

The Packers were hit with the injury bug in their first preseason game against the Eagles, which was won by Green Bay 24-9. The Bears lost their preseason opener versus the Broncos 24-17, with quarterback Mike Glennon struggling in a big way as he got the start and threw a pick six on his first pass. However, things were not all negative for Chicago. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky shined in relief of Glennon, going 18-25 for 166 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings won their preseason opener 17-10 at Buffalo. The offense and defense looked good for Minnesota. Finally, the Lions made it 3 out of 4 wins for the North in week 1 as they handled the Colts 24-10 on the road.

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Lions Win 24-10!!!!!!

The first preseason game is in the books and it didn’t come without any causalities. The biggest lost comes at a position that the Lions are very thin, Defensive End. Kerry Hyder, Jr. went down with what’s currently being reported as a leg injury. No word on the severity or how long he will be out at the moment. Hyder Jr. was the Lions sack leader a year ago with 8 off the edge. If you’re wondering just how important this lost is to Lions, look no further than Coach Jim Caldwell walking all the way out to the field to check on the star. In what appeared to be a very touchy moment, some teammates surrounded Hyder Jr. understandably shaken up given the injury.

With that being said, there were some bright spots. Lions 1st round draft pick Jarrad Davis looked solid in his first outing making some key reads and tackles. Ameer Abdullah looked healthy and ready to deliver some big plays this season. But the game ball without question goes to rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay. The 6’4 wideout had 3 catches for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both touchdowns were in the red zone and well defended. If this is a sign of what is to come, then I will fully endorse the Golladay hype train.

Lions Beat the Colts: Win 24-10

Lions Ink CB Tramain Jacobs and Wide Out Dez Stewart

The Lions announced Tuesday that they have signed CB Tramain Jacobs and WR Dez Stewart. Contract terms were not disclosed.

In addition, the Lions announced that they have waived/injured CB Des Lawrence and WR Ryan Spadola.

Jacobs (5-11, 193) joins the Lions after most recently spending time with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts earlier this year. Prior to the CFL, he saw time with the Oakland Raiders (2016), New York Giants (2015) and Baltimore Ravens (2014).

An undrafted rookie free agent with the Ravens in 2014 out of Texas A&M, Jacobs has appeared in eight career games.

Stewart (6-2, 200) comes to Detroit after signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season. He entered the League in 2016 as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Ohio Dominican and has previously spent time with the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers during that span.

Video: The Lions Player Seizing Opportunity the Most in Camp

247Sports NFL writer Max DeMara breaks down the Lions player making the most of his opportunity in camp.

Lions Starting Training Camp with Injury Issues on the Offensive and Defensive Lines

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There’s already some trying issues on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Lions, as today the AP reported that the team is being tested due to injury.

The Lions are beginning training camp with high hopes after making the playoffs a season ago, but they already have their share of issues on the offensive and defensive lines. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker had offseason shoulder surgery, and defensive linemen Armonty Bryant and Khyri Thornton will be suspended to start the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Bryant was suspended four games and Thornton six. Coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged Saturday that the Lions would have to account for their absences when preparing for the season.

“You have to look at those things and make adjustments, which we certainly have talked about and will do,” Caldwell said.

The Lions had their first practice Sunday. Thornton participated, while Bryant and Decker were on the physically unable to perform list. Also on the PUP list was defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

Detroit made some additions to both lines via free agency, signing guard T.J. Lang, tackle Rick Wagner, defensive tackle Akeem Spence and defensive end Cornelius Washington. The Lions also traded for tackle Greg Robinson and signed tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

Robinson started 14 games for the Los Angeles Rams last season, and Kouandjio started five for the Buffalo Bills. Robinson and defensive end Cornelius Washington were removed from the non-football injury list before practice Sunday.

Lang understands the importance of cohesion on the offensive line and hopes it won’t take too long to identify a replacement for Decker’s left tackle spot.

“In a perfect situation, you’d like somebody to step in and claim that spot early so you can start building as a unit, but sometimes competitions like that, they go all the way until the end of camp,” Lang said. “Which is also not a bad thing, because it means both guys, however many guys are out there playing that position, are really trying hard to take that spot.”

Lions Sign FS Glover Quin to a Two-Year Extension

The Lions have signed free safety Glover Quin to a two-year extension through 2019 according to the team’s official website.

The 31-year-old Quin was entering his contract year so he is now under the control of the team for the next three seasons. Originally a fourth-round pick out of New Mexico by the Houston Texans in 2009, Quin has been a stabilizing force in the Lions’ inconsistent secondary over the past four seasons.

He has also proven to be extremely durable and has missed only one regular season game in his eight-year NFL career. Quin forced only three turnovers in 2016 but still graded out in the top third of qualifying safeties according to Pro Football Focus.