The Detroit Lions face the Cleveland Browns tonight in Week 2 of the preseason.
Last week's 27-16 victory over the Jets offered a baseline of performances to compare against.
Some players played well vs. the Jets in the preseason opener and some players not so much.
Who should we be watching this week?
The second-year cornerback struggled some last week against the Jets. He lost his footing on one third-down play that resulted in a Jets first down and gave up two other first downs on third-down plays. He's been getting all of the first-team reps at the nickel cornerback spot during camp, so it will ease some minds if he has a bounce-back performance.
Ziggy Ansah, DE
Ansah had a pretty good debut with an interception, a touchdown and another tackle for loss. This week will be a true test for the rookie, though, as he faces Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas. Will a technically-sound left tackle neutralize him?
We know what Stafford and
Darius Slay, CB
The rookie cornerback played 28 snaps last week and wasn't thrown at once. That is by no means a bad thing. It means Slay had good coverage all night. Can it continue?
Reiff held his own last week, but did get beat on a couple inside moves. Coaches haven't said much about the second-year lineman in camp, which is usually a good sign. Does he clean up a couple things from last week?
Willis had a terrific game vs. the Jets with an acrobatic catch along the sideline for a 27-yard gain and a diving 15-yard touchdown. He had three catches for 51 yards in the game. Willis has been mostly a special teams performer during his young career. He's trying to prove that he can be a weapon on offense for the Lions and win a role there. He's off to a good start.
Trent Richardson, RB (Cleveland)
The talented Browns running back will make his preseason debut after getting kicked in the shin earlier in training camp. He's expected to play a couple series. That's good news for Lions defensive coaches trying to evaluate some of their players on that side of the ball. The Lions allowed only 37 rushing yards to the Jets last week. They'll have a better test vs. the Browns and Richardson.
Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland
Last week was a good start for Rugland. He made both of his field goal attempts from 49 and 50 yards. Can he improve the strength of his kickoffs this week and continue to put the ball through the upright? It's still
The Lions love his speed in the return game. He fielded his one punt cleanly last week, which is job No. 1 for him, but he didn't get an opportunity to return a kickoff because of four Jets touchbacks. Will coaches let him run one out this week to see what he's got?
Had only three rushing attempts for five yards last week, though he did have an impressive six-yard run on a third down play where he hurdled an opponent and picked up a first down. He and Stafford were unable to hook up on two targets in the pass game, though. We want to see a little better continuity in that department this week.