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Detroit Lions v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 12: Anquan Boldin #80 of the Detroit Lions runs after the catch in the first half against Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on August 12, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

I have to say I very much enjoyed seeing the Lions come out and beat the Steelers by a 30-17 score. I know Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play DeAngelo Williams didn’t play Le’veon Bell didn’t play Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton didn’t play. It’s the preseason nobody of any import plays, I get it. With that said I would like to point out the three performances that jumped out at me.

Matthew Stafford:

Stafford was 4/6 for 58 yards no touchdowns no interceptions. The importance of timing between quarterbacks and wide receivers cannot be understated, with that said I was very impressed with the chemistry he appeared to exhibit with new wide receiver acquisitions Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin. Jones had a nice third down toe tapping reception that got to him as a he came out of his break. Boldin had a nice reception over the middle which then took for a nice run after the catch.

Jeremy Kerley:

Kerley had a big drop early in the game on third down, however he had some nice receptions on his last 5 targets. Kerley finished the night with 5 receptions for 36 yards an average of 7.2 yards a catch. Kerley had a nice kick and punt return as well. This performance definitely gives Kerley an edge in the battle for the fifth wide receiver slot with T.J. Jones and Quinshad Davis. Andre Roberts for the moment in my mind has the lock on the fourth receiver slot.

Devin Taylor:

Taylor is fighting for a starting spot at defensive end opposite Ziggy Ansah, with Wallace Gilberry. Taylor looked good coming up with a sack and a plug in the hole. Despite having only recorded two starts in his four year career to this point, I think the fact that he is younger than Gilberry gives him the edge in this battle, the fact that Gilberry didn’t record any tackles or sacks only helps Taylor.

There were a couple of worrisome notes however for the Lions with Jon Bostic not playing because of injury, and Zavier Gooden going down with a possible concussion, and DeAndre Levy not yet at game speed, the Lions are a bit thin at the linebacker position. This is a situation that will need to be monitored as the preseason progresses.

 

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