Why change what's working?
An easy answer for Hill. There always is room for improvement.
Hill didn't do anything major this past offseason. He decided he could help himself by subtraction rather than addition.
Hill was noticeably lighter when he reported to training camp this year. He said he dropped about 10 pounds, for no other reason than he thought lighter would be better. In short, it is easier to carry 10 fewer pounds on a body that is a year older. He is listed at 6-3 and 220 pounds.
"You get older and the body feels different," Hill said as he prepared for the second preseason game Thursday night at Cleveland. "It's whatever you've got to do to feel better. My training's basically the same that I've always had.
"It's just a change in diet. I felt it was time to try something else, just try to be lighter -- see if it will help going forward."
As the Lions move on from Friday night's victory over the Jets, the Game 2 Focus is on position battles and personnel decisions. Offensive line and secondary are primary areas that have not been settled.
The Lions face a Cleveland team that is developing its own young players such as quarterback Brandon Weeden, running back Trent Richardson and linebacker Barkevious Mingo.
Here are key areas to watch in Game 2:
Quarterback: There is no decision to make.
"He fits that job description to a T," Coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's an experienced player. If he goes into the game, there's nobody that's going to panic. He just has that quiet confidence that you know he can go and get the job done."
Even when he isn't getting regular practice time with the offense during the season, Hill helps prepare the defense.
"He attacks our defense in practice," Schwartz said. "There's never an easy day when you're going against him. We're very lucky to have Shaun."
The Lions play a base 4-3 defense, but their four preseason opponents all run a 3-4. Hill ran the offense efficiently in the last game against a Jets defense that is known for making adjustments.
"It is difficult for us, but it's good," Hill said. "It makes us play by our rules. During training camp, we're facing our own team. We're a 4-3 team. When we get in these preseason games, we're facing 3-4 teams. You're facing totally different looks and different fronts."
Against the Jets, Hill completed 11 of 18 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was 103.0.
Offensive line: There is still work to be done to grove three new starters into a unit that had the same starting five for the previous three seasons.
At right tackle,
"Whoever goes out there needs to gel and become one with everybody else who's on the field," Raiola said. "Let the coaches decide who's going where. Whoever's left standing out there is who's going to start. All we care about who is gelling out there, doing the right assignments, stuff like that."
Secondary/safety Don Carey: The game is a homecoming of sorts for Carey. The Browns drafted him in the sixth round in 2009, but he never made the roster. He was waived injured (shoulder) early in the preseason and claimed by the Jaguars, and waived again before the start of the 2011 season, and signed during the season by the Lions.
Carey was waived injured in camp last year and re-signed in November when cornerback
He started in place of Delmas last week and had three tackles. One was for a four-yard loss on a running play on a third and two. Carey had a clean shot at the runner and made a sure tackle. Carey was a bright spot in a secondary that Schwartz said did not play well overall.
Special teams: There were highlight plays in every phase except for the return game against the Jets.
Developing a return game, on punts in particular, remains a work in progress.
Brown-out: The Browns are rebuilding – again – with Rob Chudzinski at head coach and an overhaul in the front office.
The Browns have had only two winning seasons since regaining a franchise in 1999 after the original Browns moved to Baltimore. They've had five straight losing seasons, causing perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas to call playing on an annual loser "drudgery."
Better days could be ahead. Richardson is expected to play after sitting out last week's 27-19 win over the Rams.
Mingo, drafted sixth overall and one pick after the Lions took Ziggy Ansah, showed his outstanding athleticism last week with two quarterback hits. Mingo has become immensely popular, both for his athletic ability and upbeat personality.
Weeden had a difficult rookie season after being drafted in the first round but has shown marked improvement. Against the Rams, he completed 10 of 13 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was 127.7.
Suh and Fairley dominated the interior against the Jets. Richardson will provide a stronger test than what the Browns presented last week. Backups Brandon Jackson, Miguel Maysonet and Dion Lewis combined to gain 69 yards on 25 carries, with a long gain of 11 yards.