Lions notes looks at Jahvid Best, Calvin Johnson, Mike Thomas and much more.
- Although Jahvid Best will not return to action in 2012, his agent says that Best "obviously still wants to play." He pointed to the NFL's current climate of everybody being "extra cautious" as to why Best still hasn't been cleared.
- Jim Schwartz didn't think Willie Young should have been called for a penalty for lining up over the long snapper on a punt last week because he was a yard off the ball.
- Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey isn't concerned with Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Thomas giving his new team inside information on his old team, mainly because Thomas didn't have access to the game plan this week. Calvin Johnson did say earlier this week that Thomas was preparing the Lions for the Jaguars.
- Thomas fielded punts during practice on Thursday, but only Stefan Logan got reps as the returner on Friday.
- Here's what Martin Mayhew thinks Thomas can bring to the table with the Lions:
Mayhew on Thomas: "I see him kind of as an offensive utility player for us and also special teams guy. Our coaches will decide how use him."— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 1, 2012
- Thomas is hoping to do some dancing against his former team, which discourages players from doing end zone celebrations.
- With Thomas joining the team, the Lions now have three former Jaguars receivers (Kassim Osgood and Brian Robiskie are the other two).
- Interesting stat from Dave Birkett: Calvin Johnson has been targeted 75 times through seven games this season. Last season through seven games, Johnson had only been targeted 67 times.
Matthew Stafford is already closing in on 10,000 career passing yards:
Stafford has 9,948 pass yards in 36 career games and needs 52 to reach 10,000 in 2nd-fewest games in NFL history (Kurt Warner, 36 games)— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 31, 2012
- I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Mike Martz will be the color commentator for the Lions-Jaguars game on Sunday. Ron Pitts will be the play-by-play announcer.
- Lawrence Jackson wanted Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Paul McQuistan to be fined for a low block that ultimately resulted in Louis Delmas getting hurt, but the NFL decided not to fine him.
- Gunther Cunningham has nicknamed Ricardo Silva "Spider-Man."
- The Lions worked out the following defensive backs this week: Chris Hawkins, Chris Johnson, Justin King, Roy Lewis, Lance Slaughter, Frank Walker and Tom Nelson, according to Aaron Wilson and Adam Caplan.
- A Lego version of Ford Field is coming to Henry Ford Museum.