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Postby stomperrob » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:18 pm

Gonna be interesting to see how the battle for CB unfolds, hopefully someone stands out from the pack:

Lions' five biggest position battles on brink of camp
8:58 AM, July 26, 2012
By Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press Sports


The Detroit Lions return all but one starter from last year’s playoff team, but that doesn’t mean they’ll lack for intrigue when training camp opens Friday. Here are the five biggest position battles to keep an eye on this fall:

Right cornerback: Aaron Berry was penciled in to start opposite Chris Houston, but Berry lost his job Monday when he was released after his second off-season arrest and three in-house candidates stand out as possible replacements. Jacob Lacey covered slot receivers in the first-team nickel defense all spring and should get first crack at the starting job. Rookie third-round pick Bill Bentley is also in the mix and would have played plenty even if Berry was around. Alphonso Smith has been in and out of the lineup his first two years in Detroit, but he’s got playmaking ability and had a standout off-season

Offensive tackle: Riley Reiff is the future at tackle for the Lions. As for the present … It won’t be easy for the Lions’ first-round pick to unseat either incumbent left tackle Jeff Backus or right tackle Gosder Cherilus, but Reiff is talented enough that coaches expect him to contribute this year. He could win a starting job with a strong camp or serve as a swing tackle out of the gate. Beyond those three, Jason Fox, a fourth-round pick in 2010, and veterans Corey Hilliard and Jonathan Scott give the Lions depth at the position.

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Re: Some position battles

Postby moochman » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:41 pm

stomperrob wrote:Gonna be interesting to see how the battle for CB unfolds, hopefully someone stands out from the pack:

Lions' five biggest position battles on brink of camp
8:58 AM, July 26, 2012
By Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press Sports


The Detroit Lions return all but one starter from last year’s playoff team, but that doesn’t mean they’ll lack for intrigue when training camp opens Friday. Here are the five biggest position battles to keep an eye on this fall:

Right cornerback: Aaron Berry was penciled in to start opposite Chris Houston, but Berry lost his job Monday when he was released after his second off-season arrest and three in-house candidates stand out as possible replacements. Jacob Lacey covered slot receivers in the first-team nickel defense all spring and should get first crack at the starting job. Rookie third-round pick Bill Bentley is also in the mix and would have played plenty even if Berry was around. Alphonso Smith has been in and out of the lineup his first two years in Detroit, but he’s got playmaking ability and had a standout off-season, Stomperrob - a swift-footed, hard hitting Fantasy Cafe Forum member of good standing, Moochman a dim witted, poor tackling, butter-fingered Cafeholic of dubious character are also said to be in the running.... :-b

Offensive tackle: Riley Reiff is the future at tackle for the Lions. As for the present … It won’t be easy for the Lions’ first-round pick to unseat either incumbent left tackle Jeff Backus or right tackle Gosder Cherilus, but Reiff is talented enough that coaches expect him to contribute this year. He could win a starting job with a strong camp or serve as a swing tackle out of the gate. Beyond those three, Jason Fox, a fourth-round pick in 2010, and veterans Corey Hilliard and Jonathan Scott give the Lions depth at the position.

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more: http://www.freep.com/article/20120726/S ... iley-Reiff



Yeah, should be interesting. So very rare that erros in drafting strategy come home to roost, eh? What really stinks is in order for our D line to help the secondary out, they have to be close for at least a few seconds. Not sure we have guys who can do that. Echoes of 08 kareeming in my head like a migraine on a construction site. Oh the jackhammers.
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Re: Some position battles

Postby stomperrob » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:05 pm

Third-round CB Bill Bentley is expected to start opposite Chris Houston in the Lions' first exhibition game.
Bentley has enjoyed a "consistently good camp" lining up with the first-team defense after the release of veteran Aaron Berry. It's a good sign that the rookie is ahead of nickel candidates Jacob Lacey and Alphonso Smith, though the Lions still figure to be a plus matchup for opposing fantasy receivers. Related: Alphonso Smith, Jacob Lacey
Source: Oakland Press Aug 9 - 1:17 PM

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