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Winners & losers from Lions' preseason finale

Here's a rundown of some winners and losers from the Detroit Lions' win over the Buffalo Bills.

Vaughn Ridley

The Detroit Lions beat the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night by a score of 23-0. Here's a look at some "winners" and "losers" from the game:


QB Kellen Moore - Moore probably isn't going to be the Lions' backup quarterback -- it's pretty clear the team has already picked Dan Orlovsky for that role. However, he has made it tough for the Lions to release him. All preseason it has seemed like the Lions would keep only two quarterbacks, but perhaps Moore should stick around in the No. 3 role after going 17-for-28 for 172 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night. He was outstanding all preseason.

WR Corey Fuller - Fuller caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. That might not necessarily seem like much, but he gave the Lions another glimpse of his potential. Considering he was probably more likely to end up on the practice squad than the 53-man roster going into Thursday, this was an important, productive game for Fuller.

DE George Johnson - Johnson was comfortably on the 53-man roster even before the Bills game. At this point, he's making a case to be a regular part of the rotation at defensive end after recording another 1.5 sacks and three more quarterback hits on Thursday night. He's probably my biggest surprise of training camp and the preseason after looking like nothing more than a camp body at this time a month ago.

S Isa Abdul-Quddus - With DeJon Gomes on injured reserve, a spot is up for grabs at safety. After starting and picking off his second pass of the preseason on Thursday night, I think it's safe to say Abdul-Quddus is the frontrunner to take over Gomes' spot.

K Nate Freese - Freese won the Lions' kicker competition when the Lions cut Giorgio Tavecchio earlier this week, and he pretty much silenced his doubters by making all three of his field goal attempts in Buffalo. Two of those kicks were from 53 yards out, so that was nice to see with him locked in as the Lions' starting kicker going forward.


RB Mikel Leshoure - Leshoure's last chance to impress the coaches saw him rush for 18 yards on eight carries. By comparison, George Winn had 43 yards on 12 carries. I still don't think Winn is going to make the team over Montell Owens or an extra player at another position, but he's definitely got a better chance than Leshoure, who really showed nothing in the preseason. I just don't see how the Lions can keep Leshoure; he just doesn't bring much to the team at this point.

The fans - There's absolutely no reason for the preseason to be four games long, as evidenced by what we saw in Buffalo on Thursday night. Half of the Lions' regular starters didn't even play, and the game itself was painful to watch despite the fact that the Lions won with ease. I know the NFL is against cutting down the preseason unless they get to expand the regular season -- it's all about money, after all -- but enough is enough already. NFL fans shouldn't ever be subjected to this level of football.

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