Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia does not tell stories quite like his predecessor Jim Caldwell.
When a reporter asked Patricia Patricia cited one such case with nowhere near as much detail as Caldwell's favorite Blair White story (he caught 18 passes in the final preseason game!).
"You've read that and I think Dan Klecko's name is popped into my head," said Patricia said. "But I think these are great opportunities. Every single day of practice is a great opportunity and opportunity to play in a game and show that you can do so. So, there have been many examples of the course of the years.
The Lions have had their own versions of White and Klecko in recent years.
In 2016, Kerry Hyder had three sacks and Adairius Barnes had three pass breakups in a win over the buffalo bills. Both made the Lions' 53-man roster a few days later.
Last year, Tion Green's locked up a roster spot with 152 yards from scrimmage in the final preseason, including an impressive 74-yard touchdown catch and run. [19659010TheLionshaveonefinalpreseasongametoplayagainsttheClevelandBrownsandwhilethevastmajorityoftheirrosterissetthere'sstillthechancesomeonecouldwinajobwithabigday
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Patricia and Lions general manager Bob Quinn have until 4 pm Saturday to shave 37 players off their current 90-man roster.
Lions quarterback Jake Rudock (14) slides in front of the New York Giants defensive back BW Webb (37) for New York Giants at Ford Field, Detroit, Friday, August 17, 2018. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
In : Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel
Out : Jake Rudock *
Explain yourself : Stafford is the Lions' guaranteed starter, and his backups have been great this summer. Rudock, 25, is younger and has superior preseason numbers (44 of 61 passing for 313 yards and 2 TDs), but Cassel (23 of 38, 183 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) is the wily vet who has a past with Patricia that obviously counts for something. If you've had me in June, I'd thought the backup would be, Rudock. Now, I'm taking Cassel. Rudock and something happens to Stafford, Cassel should be available in the middle of the season.
Running back (5)
In : Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah, Nick Bellore
Out : Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington
Injured reserve : Nick Bawden
Explain yourself : The Lions to Make Their Own ride him as far as they can. Patricia, however, seems to prefer the back-by-committee approach. Blount and Riddick should be in the playing group as nice complements to Johnson, and Bellore is the team's fullback and a killer on special teams. Zenner's versatility and contributions in the kick game. If the Lions can not trade Abdullah, it makes sense to keep him.
Lions wide receiver Brandon Powell makes a catch against Raiders linebacker Jason Cabinda during the fourth quarter of the 16-10 Raiders exhibition on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. [Photo: Sergio Estrada USA TODAY Sports]
Wide receiver (4)
In : Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones
Out : Brandon Powell *, Bradley Marquez, Jace Billingsley, Brian Brown, Teo Redding *, Chris Lacy, Dontez Ford : Andy Jones
Explain yourself The Lions have four players locked into roster spots and a few more in the mix for maybe one job. Powell has a team-leading 15 catches for 99 yards this preseason and returned a punt for a touchdown last week. The Lions gave him the most guaranteed money of all their undrafted free agents, and they are afraid he will not make it through to practice squad, it makes sense to keep him as the apparent to Golden Tate. Marquez is another option for the fifth receiver spot as the best special-team player of the group, but with seven inactives on gameday, it wants to be a fifth receiver up on Sundays. Ultimately, I think a player like Miles Killebrew has more value than Marquez. Billingsley was running pretty steady as the fifth receiver for the summer, but the Lions want to keep a backup slot receiver.
Lions tight end Michael Roberts walks off the field after practice during camp training on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Allen Park. [Photo:KimberlyPMitchellDetroitFreePress)
Tight end (4)
In : Luke Willson, Levine Toilolo, Hakeem Valles, Michael Roberts
Out : Marcus Lucas, Sean McGrath
Explain yourself : The Lions kept four tight ends on their roster for the first nine games of the 2016 season, so it's not a stretch to think they could go heavy at the position again. Valles has done enough to earn a job with a strong preseason, and has set up a job. I'm not sure what to make of Roberts, a fourth-round pick last year whose inconsistency has seemed to annoy his coaches at times. He does not strike me as a patricia-type player, but he is a big body, a solid blocker and a potential red-zone weapon, and with Willson currently battling a knee severity, giving up on him would be hard to do. Lucas, for what it's worth, has played a pretty prominent role on special teams this summer. Ultimately, I kept Roberts on the roster as an extra tight end to Powell or Marquez as an extra receiver.
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Detroit Lions offensive lineman Frank Ragnow runs through a quarterback Matthew Stafford during practice Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Allen Park. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)
Offensive line (9)
In : Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow, Graham Glasgow, T.J. Long, Rick Wagner, Corey Robinson, Tyrell Crosby, Kenny Wiggins, Wesley Johnson Out : Leo Koloamatangi, Joe Dahl, John Montelus, Beau Nunn, Brian Mihalik, Dan Skipper, Jamar McGloster 19659010] Explain yourself : Picking a ninth lineman what one of the hardest calls Robinson, Dahl, Johnson and even Koloamatangi can make a case for spots. Robinson seems a bit more reliable than the rookie Crosby as the Lions' swing tackle. As for the second backup interior line spot, Johnson has had a better preseason than Dahl and his ability to play center gives him the nod here. Two points of caution: Dahl is a Bob Quinn draft pick, and when Glasgow missed time early in camp, it was Ragnow and not Johnson who played with the first team.
Defensive line (8)
In : Ziggy Ansah, Sylvester Williams, Ricky Jean Francois, Da'Shawn Hand, Robert Ayers, Anthony Zettel, A ' Shawn Robinson, Jeremiah Ledbetter : Kerry Hyder, Jeremiah Valoaga, Toby Johnson, Christian Ringo, Josh Fatu
Explain yourself : It's interesting that Matt Patricia's defenses the Last two years in New England kept just seven (in 2016) and eight (in 2017) defensive linemen on their initial 53-man roster. Patricia builds his defense. That's just part of the job, but it's just some insight into how Patricia builds his defense. The Lions signed Ayers this week as a backup defensive end, and I think that move costs Hyder a roster spot. Hyder showed up as an anonymous pass rusher in a sub-package last week, but he could not get enough to earn a place on the 53-man roster. I went back and forth between Hyder and Ledbetter, a sixth-round pick and place Ledbetter the nod. At the end of the day, though, it would not surprise me if the Lions made a move – perhaps for one of the Patriots' backup tackles – at the cut deadline to add depth up front.
Devon Kennard, right, and the Lions have managed just three quarterback hits in two exhibition games.
In : Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, Christian Jones, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Jonathan Freeny, Eli Harold, Miles Killebrew, Trevor Bates : Alex Barrett *, Cam Johnson, Darnell Sankey, Freddie Bishop, Chad Meredith *
Injured reserve : Steve Longa
Explain yourself : A couple of things have happened in recent weeks to shake up the Lions' depth chart at the linebacker position. Longa was in the lineup to make the team before he hit his ACL, and the Lions sent a future draft to the San Francisco 49ers last week for Harold. Before that trade, I thought Barrett was in line to make the team, and he still could be. He sets a fine edge at outside linebacker and has some pass-rush ability as well. Killebrew and Bates: But with Kennard and Harold in front of him, the Lions might be better served. Killebrew is a hard one to figure out. He wants to be a factor on defense, not a position change, but he plays a key role on the kick and punt-cover units. Lions safety Miles Killebrew (35) Lions safety Miles Killebrew (35) Breaking up a pass to Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell in the second quarter of last season's game in Minnesapolis. The Lions won, 14-7. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2018/01/16/DetroitFreeP/DetroitFreePress/636517171722489571-IMG-DFP-1002-killebrew-1-1-1-.JPG” data-mycapture-sm-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/4044b1e7645488621f157de466cf1a990870caa2/r=500×333/local/-/media/2018/01/16/DetroitFreeP/DetroitFreePress/636517171722489571-IMG-DFP-1002-killebrew-1-1-1-.JPG”/>
Lions safety Miles Killebrew (35) Laquon Treadwell in the second quarter of last season's game in Minnesapolis. The Lions won, 14-7. [Photo: Brad Rempel, USA TODAY Sports]