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The Roar: What To Watch For In Indianapolis

Earlier this week, the Lions made their way to Indianapolis to go through a pair of joint practices with the Colts prior to their first preseason game of the campaign.

What the Lions didn’t want to have happen is lose another offensive lineman to injury.

It happened.

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Newly acquired right tackle Ricky Wagner exited on Thursday with an undisclosed injury. When asked about Wagner’s status, head coach Jim Caldwell said that it’s “Just a little issue, so he’ll be alright. He’s just out for a little bit, but he should be alright.”

Yes, Jim Caldwell is back to his ways of not handing out any legitimate injury updates, allowing for minds to wonder what is going on.

Well, Wagner did return to practice on Friday.

Still, don’t expect to see much of Wagner on Sunday if at all. Most regulars don’t see much action during the first week of preseason, but with a long-term injury to Taylor Decker and with T.J. Lang not at 100%, expect the team to play it extra safe.

A lot of talk through the first two weeks of camp has been of the Lions’ second-round pick of cornerback Teez Tabor. Many people doubt his speed is efficient enough to perform well in the National Football League.

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So far, Tabor has struggled a bit as he has been burned on several routes, but is showing positive signs. During Thursday’s joint practice, Tabor made a few plays with the second-team defense, showing that he can hang.

Wide receiver Kenny Golladay, Detroit’s third-round pick, has forced the eyes open on many people to this point of camp. He is expected to see quite a lot of action this fall.

Wide receiver Marvin Jones got off to a hot start for Detroit last season, but cooled as the season went on. During the off-season, Jones put a focus on lower-body strength. He also went to Randy Moss for help. Those two worked out together throughout the off-season. Jones said, “I was getting a lot of insight in terms of what I wanted to focus on and that includes this, the lower-body strength, and the yards after the catch.”

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Expect a more explosive Marvin Jones this fall.

According to those in attendance, the Lions receivers didn’t reel in the ball very well over the past couple of days. That shouldn’t be a problem going forward, but you never know, we’ve definitely witnessed the problem before.

Two of Detroit’s top guns are obviously Matthew Stafford and Ameer Abdullah, who clipped knees with one another during practice yesterday and both hobbled off. Both players returned to action a little later.

Eric Ebron suffered a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp, but returned to practice for a little bit on Friday. “He’ll probably be back next week for us rolling along,” said Caldwell.

Don’t put too much stock into what happens this weekend or in the next three preseason games. Take everything you see, good and or bad, with a grain of salt.

The Lions and Colts will kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon.


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