WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions close out preseason, cut roster to 53

Posted Aug 31, 2014

Catch up on all of the Lions news from the past week with the Week in Review.

The Lions closed out the preseason Thursday with a 23-0 win in Buffalo.

Head coach Jim Caldwell sat several starting players allowing others to emerge in their place.

QB Kellen Moore continued his strong preseason, completing 17-of-28 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

“I felt good, I felt like I have progressed and become comfortable,” he said after the game. “There’s no substitute for being out there and playing and getting reps and live action.

“I feel like I’ve been able to do that over the course of the preseason, especially this one and I feel good.”

With the preseason behind them, the Lions are able to shift their focus to the regular season starting with Monday Night Football.

“My focus definitely has been on it,” LB Stephen Tulloch said. “Going into this week, we had a little bit of both films (on both teams). Now it’s that time. Monday Night football game, first Monday Night game . . . first time the country can see the Lions play against a very good, quality team.

“It’s definitely a statement night for us to go out and show everybody what we’re made of.”

The goal is to win every game, but nobody is worrying about predictions at this point.

In fact, the odds are good that preseason predictions on the Lions’ record this year are making no impact on the players, including C Dominic Raiola.

“We’ve been over this enough,” Raiola said Tuesday. “I don’t really think it matters now. We talked about it last year, when we were a shoo-in to win the North (during the season). After going through that, I don’t think it really matters.

“What really matters is what we do. I know it sounds cliché, but that’s really what it is. It’s what happens on the field. It’s what happens on Sunday.”

A team roster may never be truly finalized, but the Lions did get theirs down to the mandated 53 on Saturday.

The cuts started early in the week to get to 75 and wrapped up Saturday afternoon.

Rookie K Nate Freese locked up the place kicking job when the team released Giorgio Tavecchio on Monday.

Freese went on to solidify his status in Buffalo, going 3-for-3 on field goals, including two from 53 yards.

Strong preseason performances earned players like Moore, Ryan Broyles and Corey Fuller their roster spots.

Check out the gallery below to get a full look at the initial 53-man roster:

Rookie LB Kyle Van Noy underwent a successful surgical procedure Thursday to repair a core muscle injury.

Caldwell addressed the media following Thursday's game, but was uncertain when Van Noy would be ready to return.

“Not certain yet. He had the evaluation and then the surgery, so the doctors will let us know what they think after a day or so,” Caldwell said.