After a nice start to training camp, Bill Bentley and Don Carey, expected to contribute in the secondary this fall, struggled in last week’s exhibition opener against the Jets. They need to be more assignment sound tonight.
T-Rich and famous
The run defense will get its sternest test of the exhibition season tonight with Browns running back Trent Richardson expected to play “a couple series.” He’s no Adrian Peterson, but Richardson is a nice tune-up for what awaits when the Lions host the Vikings to start the regular season.
The aforementioned opener is 3½ weeks away, and the Lions still don’t who’s going to start on the right side of the offensive line. Jason Fox (right tackle) and Jake Scott (right guard) will get long looks with the first unit tonight, and rookie Larry Warford should play plenty again.
Matthew Stafford didn’t have the best of exhibition openers, going 3-for-8 for 58 yards — all to Calvin Johnson. Stafford and the No. 1 offense should play into the second quarter tonight. It’d be nice if they reached the end zone and if someone other than Johnson emerges as a receiving threat.
Yes way, Norway!
Kickalicious Havard Rugland had a nice debut, making field goals of 49 and 50 yards last week, and he continues to be a story across the globe. If he’s going to make the Lions — or any team — he has to prove he can kick in hostile outdoor venues like the one he’ll see tonight.