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
Dave Birkett, a sports press journalist, highlights three players who helped defeat the Lions against the Buffalo Bills on Friday night in Detroit and injured their stock have at Ford Field.
RB Ty Johnson
Johnson gets a green arrow in stock and watches for the second consecutive week while he has not done much in Friday's ground game – wearing 9 yards on four – he scored the first touchdown the Lions on a nice 11-yard catch by Matthew Stafford. Johnson caused a stir with his speed this preseason. And the fact that he was part of the first-team offensive, even though the Lions were limiting Kerryon Johnson's workload, could be a good sign that he has a rotating role this fall.
Ty Johnson receives a touchdown pass against the Bills & # 39; Matt Milano. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
S CJ Moore
As an unoccupied rookie from Ole Miss, Moore hit Bills's returning, Victor Bolden, fumbling in the second quarter for Will Harris to recover. Moore did not do much defense in the preseason, but that's not his calling card. He will be a special team player in the NFL and has looked good. He made a strong bid for a service station seat on Friday.
DE Mitchell Loewen
Lions' six best lines of defense have been determined, but one or two places are open to a pass-ruser. Loewen played well against the Texans last week and made a name for himself on Friday. He made two tackles in three games in the third quarter, including one in which he broke away from a blocker and T.J. Yeldon for a loss.
OT Andrew Donnal
The Lions do not have many options at the backup tackle spots, so Donnal is lining up to create the 53-man list. But he had a hard night blocking Shaq Lawson and others, and he does not feel confident when Taylor Decker's backing goes down. If Tyrell Crosby gets it back through the opener, the Lions can search the disclaimer for a replacement for Donnal Kevin Strong (62) against the Bills. "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/08/24/PDTF/9c8d6e84-1429-4b0a-a37b-e7d2b234fb1c-Lions_082319_kd220.jpg "data -mycapture-sm-src = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/08/24/PDTF/9c8d6e84-1429-4b0a-a37b-e7d2b234fb1c-Lions_082319_kd220.jpg?width=446&height=400" />
Lions Andre Chachere (36) celebrates a stop against the Bills with Jonathan Wynn (69) and Kevin Strong (62). [Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press]
Chachere is a long shot to make the list, and since he had the opportunity to play a couple of pieces on Friday, he did not deliver results.Duck Williams beat Chachere at the end of the third quarter because of a touchdown when Chachere found a ball too late, and Ray-Ray McCloud ripped Chachere out of the hands at the start of the fourth quarter, which are games that bubble players have to do.
WR Brandon Powell
I thought Powell might have got into this a chance to expand the list. The Lions made him available as a replacement slot receiver last season, and he's a blitz mistake in the open field. However, the use of Powell suggests that he still has much work to do to create the 53-man squad. On Friday he played behind Tom Kennedy for a week in a row and in the second half he dropped a simple screen.
QB Matthew Stafford of Lions discusses playing the preseason game against the Bills on August 23, 2019 at Ford Field.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press