Last week, the Detroit Lions had more good than bad, and as is their way, they flip the tables on that to show they can lose in equally impressive fashion. There were several standout performances that we’ve looked at already, and some of the positional battles took a new turn. The standout performances came mostly at the hands of the first-team offense, with the quarterback and receiver groups looking great and the offensive line looking... not so great. It was a sloppy game from start to finish, but there is plenty that we can learn from looking at who performed well and who struggled.
We’re going to do things a little differently this week. Rather than our regular format, we’re going to jump right into the "Quick Hits" portion of the stock report. We’ve added an "Unchanged" section to list those players whose stock neither went up or down. Right now, this only includes those players who are injured or didn’t play. The last section is the "Open Market": these players need a home, and we need your help to fill out the ranks. Did any of these players strike you as playing well or poorly? Let your voice be heard! Don’t limit yourself to just the open market, if you feel I’ve done someone dirty by putting their stock down, or feel I’ve overly praised someone you think played terribly, let us know in the comments. We’ll take the best of these comments, using the 'rec' button as a show of support, and post a Pride Of Detroit reader stock report.
Ameer Abdullah, RB: Abdullah didn’t play in this game, but his absence is obvious. The lack of a competent no. 2 rushing threat highlights his value.
Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB: One of the newest additions, Chi Chi is making a run for the practice squad with his play and may deserve more attention than he’s getting.
Johnson Bademosi, CB: His work as a corner left some room for improvement, but his special teams value was on display.
Jace Billingsley, WR: The little guy continues to look like he needs a longer look and has come out of nowhere to challenge for a real roster spot.
Michael Burton, FB: More than just his blocking, the fullback showcased awareness, agility and a veteran savvy you don’t usually see in second year players.
Watch the FB work here. He jukes the DE and gets Clarke to fall (taking him out of the play) and then seals off #47. pic.twitter.com/Vr8x8rrhzP— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 19, 2016
Orson Charles, TE: The normal communication issues we’ve had with Charles weren’t present and he seemed to click with Jake Rudock.
Stefan Charles, DT: Charles has been mostly quiet despite the team’s free agency hype. Had a couple of nice plays against the Bengals, leaves me wanting more.
Joe Dahl, OG: Dahl continues to be the best second team offensive lineman by a pretty sizable margin. It won’t be long before he’s pushing one of the starters.
Excellent toss by Orlovsky to Wick who catches it clean. Joe Dahl swung outside and blocked perfectly.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) August 19, 2016
Chase Farris, OG: Farris finally got some work with second team and, unlike training camp, didn’t completely waste his opportunity to shine.
Isaiah Johnson, SS: Johnson desperately needed a good night after a weak camp and poor game one outing. He played a little more cautiously, but it was to his benefit.
Marvin Jones, WR: No doubt Marvin Jones is competing to be the 1A on this team instead of the number two receiver many thought.
Jay Lee, WR: Lee got some work this week after being blanked against the Steelers.
Matthew Mulligan, TE: A beneficiary of any time Cole Wick doesn’t block well, Mulligan becomes more valuable to the team makeup.
Glover Quin, FS: Quin showed that he still has control of the defense and continues to look good in that role.
Riley Reiff, OT: On a day the offensive line looked its worst, he looked the least worst.
Corey Robinson, OT: Once a long shot, Robinson may play his way onto a roster with little depth on the outside. NOTE: Robinson is 70 at LT in the video, tweet text unrelated.
Pat Sims has played well this preseason. Violent hit on the QB. This is big DT showing some pass rush upside. pic.twitter.com/kh1aUHcFoJ— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 19, 2016
Jake Rudock, QB: Finally threw more than 5 yards downfield! Hooray! Unfortunate that his other pass that far downfield was picked off.
Matthew Stafford, QB: Stafford in the 2 minute offense all game sounds mighty nice, doesn’t it?
Kyle Van Noy, LB: We finally got to see what all the fuss was about as Teryl Austin unleashed Van Noy on several different blitzes and he looked great in that role.
Tyrunn Walker, DT: His get off-the-ball is incredible. Wasn’t a great game, but intriguing to see once this line gels.
Darrin Walls, CB: Both in usage and play, Walls is making a case for the regular roster. Will he be worth keeping over a higher upside player?
Dwayne Washington, RB: Continues to impress, and the longer he does so without making critical mistakes or getting hurt, the more he eases our concerns.
Tahir Whitehead, LB: Wasn’t a perfect game, but looked so much better than the rest of his contemporaries aside from KVN when pass rushing.
Huge stop by Tahir Whitehead on third-and-short. Shed a block and finished the tackle.— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) August 19, 2016
Antwione Williams, LB: There were rough moments, but after struggling last week, he looked a lot better.
Tavon Wilson, SS: Wilson was one of the better coverage players against the Bengals, and looked good in run support as well.
Anquan Boldin, WR: It’s probably just a blip on the radar, but when given an opportunity to show one of his strengths, blocking, Boldin flopped.
Alex Carter, CB: More inconsistency in his first season of game time isn’t going to help his case much. You can’t just be young and athletic.
Jim Bob Cooter, OC: Cooter’s play design on passing plays are electric, but even if the blocking were solid on some of his run plays, I’m not sure the yards would happen. Play design on runs is a contributing factor so far this preseason.
Taylor Decker, OT: Not much need to harp on it, Decker hasn’t looked good in either of his contests.
Quandre Diggs, CB: One of the Lions best corners, Diggs struggled against the Bengals in areas he normally wins. Rebounded, but wasn’t a great day overall.
Adam Fuehne, TE: The signing of Andrew Quarless pretty much sealed the deal with Fuehne who has done little to stand out.
Graham Glasgow, OC: Glasgow struggled early and often which likely contributed to his very low snap count in this contest.
Kerry Hyder, DL: Hyder had one of the worst plays of the night, drawing an egregious late-hit penalty that was completely inexcusable, and to the point of being even being worthy of a fine.
Gabe Ikard, OC: Despite Glasgow’s struggles, Ikard isn’t long for the roster. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him moved soon, especially after signing Lemuel Jeanpierre.
Brandon Copeland, DE: Copeland didn’t play terrible, but what lands him here is once again losing contain on run plays, not even attempting to disengage after the rusher is past.
Nevin Lawson, CB: Lawson was okay in coverage, but took some bad angles that made me grit my teeth. He was also being outrun by measurably slower players.
Dan Orlovsky, QB: A pick-six in consecutive weeks won’t do you much to win fans. Despite the narrative, his job is safe, but how many pick-sixes until it’s not?
Caraun Reid, DT: Reid was constantly outmatched against the Bengals and had his worst showing in a long time.
Rashaad Reynolds, CB: Like Chi Chi Ariguzo, this recent addition is pushing for a bigger role.
Chase Farris had a nice series at LG— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) August 19, 2016
Rough night for Q. Diggs
Devin Bell is NFL punter, just not in DET
Rashad Reynolds made plays
Theo Riddick, RB: He didn’t get help from his offensive line, but didn’t do much on his own either.
Stevan Ridley, RB: Continues to roll behind both Zenner and Winn, and despite playing against third team, failed to stand out positively.
Andre Roberts, WR: He has his fans on here, but a 5’9" receiver who makes cuts like a 6’9" receiver is concerning.
Darius Slay, CB: Still the best corner on the team, but gotta ding him for slipping twice and missing a tackle on the same play. Come on, dude.
Travis Swanson, OC: His stock may eventually bottom out the way he’s playing. That’s your top-five center play, huh?
Devin Taylor, DE: Taylor used to have this issue where he played as if he had no arms, getting completely blanked against blockers. Showed up against the Bengals. Thought he was past that. Gotta use that length.
Khyri Thornton, DT: After a strong camp and better open to the preseason, Thornton was manhandled routinely by the Bengals OL, even one on one.
Laken Tomlinson, OG: It is a rough draw, going against Geno Atkins, but Tomlinson struggled all day.
Larry Warford, OG: The interior offensive line all end up down here. Warford was the best of the three, but the gap wasn’t very large.
Cole Wick, TE: The Lions decided to have Wick go up against Carlos Dunlap as a blocker. It went terribly. Overshadows his just regular bad blocking for the rest of the game.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE: Still Ziggy.
Jon Bostic, LB: Nobody outshined him when he was healthy, so it’s just a waiting game.
Eric Ebron, TE: Get healthy soon, the team desperately needs you.
Zaviar Gooden, LB: He’s missing time due to injury, but nobody really stood out to threaten his job, if he has one, this week.
Sam Martin, P: Still a boss of a punter. No concerns.
Michael Ola, OT: Still dealing with injury.
Matt Prater, K: Nothing new on the kicker front.
Adairius Barnes, CB: I didn’t notice him, but stock was low enough that doesn’t change things.
Devon Bell, K: Can probably just park his spot right here as he’s not making this team.
Rafael Bush, SS: I’ve been critical of Bush, but he did little to sway me in this game one way or the other.
Crezdon Butler, CB: I didn’t see much of Butler as I concentrated on the lines, but that could mean a good many things.
Josh Bynes, LB: Not much to talk about.
Don Carey, SS: Not much to talk about with Carey either.
Quinshad Davis, WR: Davis was as good as he was previously, but not enough to move the sticks.
Deonte Gibson, DE: I didn’t see him, but stock wasn’t very high.
Wallace Gilberry, DE: Gilberry got some work on the line, but looked like what he is: a veteran journeyman.
Khaseem Greene, LB: He failed to follow up a good game against the Steelers, but didn’t do anything to shoot himself in the foot, either.
Lemuel Jeanpierre, OL: He’s new.
TJ Jones, WR: Had some ups as a receiver, had some downs on special teams. Evened out.
Jeremy Kerley, WR: Like Jones, he had some ups and downs, but didn’t do enough one way or the other to sway his outlook.
Miles Killebrew, SS: I’m certain Killebrew got work because I’ve seen the snap counts, I just didn’t see a single play worth noting.
Jimmy Landes, LS: Still no game breaking bad plays, putting him on track to make the final roster.
DeAndre Levy, LB: Now that he’s off the NFI, he’ll be practicing, but I don’t expect to see him in any preseason games.
Keith Lewis, CB: Didn’t see him one way or the other.
Cornelius Lucas, OT: I never noticed Lucas despite watching the lines closely. Maybe that’s a good thing?
Luke Marquardt, OT: Same as Lucas, didn’t notice positively or negatively.
Don Muhlbach, LS: Status unchanged.
Haloti Ngata, DT: Nothing new to report.
Louis Palmer, DT: I’ve got nothing.
Andrew Quarless, TE: He has an assumed fast track to the roster since he’s likely a better option than Wick or Mulligan, but no reason to make calls yet.
A’Shawn Robinson, DT: Still working with 2nd and 3rd team, still looking meh so far.
Geoff Schwartz, OG: Still no change.
Quanterus Smith, DE: Still a better pass rusher than run defender.
Golden Tate, WR: Tate gonna do Tate things.
Dominique Tovell, LB: Did he play against the Bengals? I didn’t notice.
Charles Washington, DB: Never saw him.
George Winn, RB: Nothing good, nothing bad to say.
Gabe Wright, DT: I couldn’t pinpoint, positively or negatively, anything to add for Wright.
Zach Zenner, RB: His stat sheet looked bad, but there were a bunch of nice technical changes Zenner made to his game that look promising for his prospects.
Anthony Zettel, DL: One solo tackle and zero plays to remember him by.
There’s your open market, Lions fans. Let us know who you think stood out for better or worse and make the stock report yours below in the comments!