Detroit Lions v Cleveland Browns Preseason Week 1: Studs and Duds
The first preseason game of 2014 is in the books and it was revealing for the coaching staff and some of the players vying for spots on the roster.
In the preseason every snap is precious if you are one of the fringe players hoping to make the cut. Many of the players who saw time in this game will cut next week while others moved up on the depth chart with solid performances.
Here is a look at some of the players who stood out and the players who fell down in this weeks edition of Studs and Duds: Detroit Lions V Cleveland Browns Game Grades.
Kris Durham – Among the receivers who took the field with the first teamers, Kris Durham stood out. Durham showed his dependability made some tough catches in traffic and breaking some tackles to gain extra yardage. Durham had some issues with getting open down field but that is not too much of a concern as he will serve primarily as a slot receiver.
Ryan Broyles – As one of the players competing with Kris Durham for spot on the roster, Broyles made a serious impression. Broyles demonstrated his ability to catch the ball in traffic over the middle and in coverage down field. He also showed his ability to break tackles. The biggest question about Ryan Broyles has always been his health so if he can figure out how to stay healthy he has a great shot at making the team.
James Jones - Jones was solid in his first action in a year. Jones made some great tackles in the running game on the inside and should have a big impact on the Detroit Lions defensive line.
Dan Orlovsky – The the former lions QB looked comfortable in his return to the Honolulu Blue and Silver and got the majority of the snaps in the game. The Lions are clearly looking at Orlovsky to be the back-up and they had him lay down a lot of tape for the coaching staff to evaluate this week .
Eric Ebron - The Lions first round pick was considered day-to-day with an undisclosed injury before the game against the Browns. But the injury must not have been serious because Ebron got plenty of reps…with the second team. Curious that the Lions first round pick would not get reps with the first team. This is certainly a story that will develop as the week goes on.
Mikel LeShoure - The Lions back-up running back didn’t do much to help his quest to make the roster this season. His performance was classic LeShoure, flashes of skill with absolutely no ability to remain consistent. LeShoure had a big run but his inability to execute away from the ball will keep him from making this team.
Kyle Van Noy – The Lions 2nd round pick had a rough preseason debut. The Browns were able to pass at will in the flats and a glaring missed tackle on Johnny Manziel marred Van Noy’s game. He is going to have to improve or the Lions could get very thin at linebacker very quickly.