The Free Press sports journalists Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez discuss the consequences of Lions' pre-season loss on the bill on August 23, 2019.
Carlos Monarrez and Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

In a game arc Detroit Lions, C.J. Anderson ran back around the corner at the right end. A few games later, he tightened Levi Wallace, the cornerback of Buffalo Bills.

"I think the cornering of the corner surprised more people than the stiff arm," said Anderson, a 28-year-old, 5-foot-8, 225-pound bruiser of a back. "I'm way faster than people think … The fact that I can come around the corner just lets me know that I'm going through my reading and things are going well and I trust myself and my abilities."

Anderson had his best pre-season game on Friday night's 24-20 defeat against the bills, he had eight carrycots for 24 yards and caught both passes he had received for 17 yards, as part of a solid effort that spawned 105 rushing yards – Most of the Lions this preseason.

Detroit Lions, the CJ Anderson back run the ball in the second quarter at Ford Field on August 23, 2019 against Buffalo Bills' Captain Munnerlyn. (Photo: Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports)

Quarterback Matthew S tafford made its preseason debut and played five series in the first half as the Lions scored 182 out of a total of 317 attacking meters.

"We've come In a mini-game, many teams will be able to handle this third pre-season game," Anderson said. "I think if you look at the gameplay, you've got the game plan.

"Apparently it was our focus to run the ball. We try to play the ball effectively and efficiently, so you do that and try to communicate with coach (Darrell Bevell) and my running back coach, Kyle (Caskey). They just try to do things the way you want. Since Staff is out there, it's just more demand and command, like "Hey, lock yourself in" and reminds you of small situations. "

Anderson has played a lot of football with three teams over the past six seasons. With Denver he was a Pro Bowler, ran for 1,007 yards and won a Super Bowl. He played in a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams last year.

But now he joins the Lions and begins to assert himself.

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"Obviously This is not my first rodeo. As a veterinarian and in this third pre-season game, it's time to improve, it's time to go.

Then, hopefully in two weeks, I will not be doing the same mistakes in week one. "


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