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Lions players comment on win over Browns

Quotes from various players after Saturday's Detroit Lions preseason game.

Leon Halip

Below is a look at what various Detroit Lions players had to say after Saturday's win over the Cleveland Browns. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)


On if he got a feel for the new offense: "Yeah, I think so. I think it's going to be an ongoing process throughout the preseason. It was good to get our feet wet, mix some personnel groupings. Caught a lot of different type of plays and had some success. We were obviously set up by a great kick return and had a decent little drive, got some points. So it was a good start."

On how much he needs to practice with WR Calvin Johnson for the new offense to work: "I practice with him every day, so that helps for sure. I have no idea what their plan is for him throughout the preseason. I've played with him for quite some time, so he and I have pretty good communication on and off the field. So, you know, we will make it work."

On what he likes best about the new offense: "We are very multiple. I think we can give the defense a lot of different looks, whether it be the personnel, the alignment, the play type. We have a lot of different plays in this offense and a lot of different ways to run them, and looks and all that. So I think that's a fun part as a quarterback to be able to play a little bit of that chess game."

On QB Kellen Moore: "Yeah, he's cool as a cucumber, that's what he does. He's made plays like that his entire life. (If) you look at Boise and his entire career, you know every time he's had an opportunity with the Lions, he's stepped up and made plays. So guys love him in the locker room and he's a guy that everybody knows works really hard and just has that ‘it.' Whenever he gets the ball in his hand, he knows where to go with it and puts it in a good spot."

On how far along he is in forgetting previous schemes: "I think it is a two part process, moving on from what you've originally known and embracing new stuff. I've tried to forget as quickly as I possibly could (and) it's what's going to help me the most. We didn't game plan for this game, hardly at all, so the play calls are going to be different in the game play than they are when running them in practice. Whether it be emotion or protection or whatever it is, but I feel like I have a pretty decent grasp of this offense and where we're trying to go."


On how comfortable he feels running the offense: "It's been nice. Obviously, in OTAs all of us were going through that learning curve and I think it's kind of getting to that point where we've ran (the offense) enough in practice. Now it's just a matter of getting out there and do it in games."

On how much better of a quarterback he is now compared to his rookie year: "I think the biggest thing is just getting comfortable with things. Obviously, every time you step up a level, it's only more competitive and the margin of error is smaller. I've taken advantage over the past few years and have gotten better."

On the game-winning touchdown pass to WR Corey Fuller: "Corey was one-on-one. We went to our guy. All of us quarterbacks have loved throwing to Corey this offseason. He's been doing a great job and has continued to improve."

On Fuller's growth this season: "No doubt. He really took advantage of the practice squad year. Practicing and doing things outside of practice to get better and you can see it."


On his touchdown catch: "I just had a simple ‘go' route. There was press coverage that we got the whole game and the whole game I was working on releasing, little things, getting their hands off when you start low. They called the right play at the right time. Kellen (Moore) threw a great ball and I just had to run underneath of it."

On what the touchdown catch says for him going forward: "I'm not really sure. Honestly, I'm not really thinking about it. I just want to keep on building like I have been, which is the same thing I've been saying since day one."

On the difference he sees in Moore since last season: "I can tell he controlled the tempo. He controlled the huddle. He was controlling the field. He kept everybody poised and under control."


On QB Kellen Moore: "He's a great player or he wouldn't be here. He made some great throws tonight, he was poised. The last one to Corey Fuller was a dime. You couldn't ask for a better ball and he did that for him."

On his injury rehab: "This feels a lot slower. I was in a cast for six weeks and I wasn't walking for two months. I bounced back, I'm feeling healed up now, so I'm just looking forward to just continuing to grow in strength and in confidence."

On fans rooting for him to be successful: "Yeah, I think everyone wants a feel-good story. You know what I mean? I don't take that into consideration. I know I want to be the player I used to be and I feel like I'm well on my way. So it's just a blessing to be out there and run around feeling pain free."


On switching quarterbacks during the game: "I got used to it, but it used to be different. The velocity, throws, spin, all of that stuff that you have to do with the ball. It's no different now. You get used to it."

On lining up at different spots on offense: "I think I'm going to play quarterback one play. We'll see. Our playbook is open wide. With the athletes we have, we'll see where it goes from there."

On being compared to New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham: "I really don't pay attention to it. Is it good? Yeah, you get compared to Jimmy Graham, but I want to be myself. I don't want to be compared to anybody. I want to be my own man. We'll see what happens and hopefully I can create a name for myself."


On his first NFL preseason game: "I was happy to be out there on the field. It's a dream come true tonight. I'm really blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Detroit Lions organization, as well as being around great guys. I have great teammates and to have them cheer you on and to earn their respect is just awesome."

On almost causing a forced fumble: "I just tried to make a play on the ball. I read the back coming out and tried to make a play. Coach (Teryl Austin) called a great call right there for me. I read the play well and just tried to make a play."

On how he feels he stands in his position battle: "You know, that's not my decision. My job is just to go out there and show that I can play and that's up to the coaches. I'm just happy to be out there and happy to help out my teammates."

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