Earlier Monday, the Lions players and Jim Caldwell were available to speak with media and dropped several important tidbits.
Matthew Stafford doesn't like the current setup of the NFL Preseason:
Matt Stafford on preseason: I don't know what the answer is. Do we need 4 games? Probably not.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 24, 2015
I think we're all in agreement there, Matt.
He also had some nice things to say about some teammates:
Stafford asked to pick a couple offensive guys who've stood out during camp, mentioned Ebron and Swanson— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 24, 2015
Stafford seems pretty impressed with rookie G Laken Tomlinson so far.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 24, 2015
Head Coach Jim Caldwell:
Jim Caldwell used the words "jacked up" to describe how Tyrunn Walker destroyed a Washington OL last week.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) August 24, 2015
Caldwell on Joique Bell: We anticipate him coming back and being what he was last year, which is a bellcow— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 24, 2015
Speaking of Bell, it sounds like Joique may be ready to go for Week 1 of the season:
#Lions Joique Bell said he's working hard to get back. Must be close - he looked pretty mobile playing Ping Pong in locker room today.— Paula Pasche (@paulapasche) August 24, 2015
That's a relief to hear with the Lions injuries currently piling up.
Ngata feels like he has something to prove this year with a new team.
Ngata: "I definitely have a chip on my shoulder because I got traded. http://t.co/1w99O10TU4— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 24, 2015
Let's just hope he's ready to go by the season's start.
Additionally, several Lions players wished Jordy Nelson well on his recovery:
Lion CB Darius Slay on Jordy Nelson's injury: "Sad, sad, sad. I wanted him out there because the only thing he can do is make me better."— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) August 24, 2015
Quin: "I hated Jordy got hurt, but in my beliefs, and the way I believe, it was -- God meant for Jordy to get hurt" http://t.co/5Q34PqNpQJ— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 24, 2015
Beat writer, Kyle Meinke offered some context as to what Glover Quin exactly meant by that quote:
Please understand the context of Glover Quin's quote. He's a Christian, believes everything that happens is "God's will." Including injuries— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 24, 2015
I think it's pretty obvious that Quin means well with this quote, but it didn't come out too well. Hopefully, other media members don't spin this out of context.