“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
“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
“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.”
LIONS CUT ROSTER TO 53
A team roster may never be truly finalized, but the Lions did get theirs down to the mandated 53 on Saturday.
Freese went on to solidify his status in Buffalo, going 3-for-3 on field goals, including two from 53 yards.
Check out the gallery below to get a full look at the initial 53-man roster:
VAN NOY HAS SURGERICAL PROCEDURE
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.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS:
- What did Mike O'Hara think was the biggest preseason plus? Find out in his Burning Questions column.
Golden Tatechecks in with his latest blog entry about the depth at wide receiver and gearing up for the regular season.
- Read how a chance call sparked Jim Bob Cooter's coaching career.
- DE Ziggy Ansah is happy to be back out on the field after missing the first two preseason games to rehab a shoulder injury.
- One of the pleasant preseason developments was
Tahir Whiteheadstepping up and making the most of his opportunites to start.