Instead of simply providing the stock report after the Detroit Lions second preseason game, we called out to you, our readers, to give us your input on who you believed should have been listed for having their stock improve or drop. It’s difficult to catch everything, and aside from that, we all have our own personal biases that can sway our opinions of how well a game was played. So armed with your comments, we’re going to look back once again on the Bengals game and give some credit (or shame) where it’s due.
Stock Up: Haloti Ngata, DT
As noted by myth2ry, the fact that Ngata played against the Bengals should have deserved a nod in and of itself. It was noted that Ngata lost a significant amount of weight and it surely showed.
Stock Down: Gabe Wright, DT
Reader waybai51 had some less than complimentary notes on the second-year defensive tackle and former fourth-round pick. He notes that Wright played into the fourth quarter and was still unable to make much of an impact.
Stock Up: Andre Roberts, WR
While I expected it to be Brandon Copeland that was being defended by readers, there was a much bigger disconnect between myself and fans over Andre Roberts. Readers MagiC, and lions fan displaced in las vegas both pointed him out positively. I stand by my grade for him, but this article is all about y’all, so Roberts is up.
Stock Down: Laken Tomlinson, OG
The aforementioned "lions fan displaced in las vegas" pointed this one out and, coincidentally, was one I was planning on mentioning once I’d re-watched the game anyway. Tomlinson had a tough draw in the game, but tough draw or not, you have to look at least like a competent guy who’s struggling, not a terrible guy being eaten alive.
Stock Up: Matthew Stafford, QB
It was mentioned in passing, but one of our most active commenters posted his pick for MVP this season. Yes, we see you 3igB1ue3ilver, and I think we’re all on board with a season where Matthew Stafford gets MVP. In seriousness, Stafford was running two-minute offense the entire time he was in. This is a small change, but it’s one fans have been screaming for since back in the Scott Linehan days. Stafford is comfortable in that offense, and runs it nearly flawlessly. There is bound to be some painful, learning moments, but the longer Stafford runs the offense his way, the better things should go.
Stock Down: Taylor Decker, OT
Decker was already listed with stock down, but sometimes you need to add salt to really accentuate the pain. Ballinhard04 points out that Decker wasn’t projected as high as he was picked. This is true to a degree, as our favorite analytics site had him rated in the second round, but most analysts had him right around the 16th overall pick. Justin Oldfart countered that the whole "some experts thing" can be applied pretty much universally, but what’s confusing upon re-watching the Bengals game is how Decker looked completely different from the previous week. Right now he’s trying to regain control on gravel and is just over-correcting.
Joe Dahl, OG: Jack H loves him, I do even more after re-watching Cincinnati.
A’Shawn Robinson, DT: myth2ry also noted that A’Shawn looked like he had a good night, enough to give him one thumb up.
Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB: Joe DoubleYou noted that Chi Chi stood out, and oldfatbaldguy noted that he is a playmaker, so I’m not crazy, and he actually looked good.
Zach Zenner, RB: Both MagiC and myth2ry noted that Zenner would be a tough cut and looks like the right compliment to Ameer Abdullah.
Tavon Wilson, SS: Though no injury prompted it, Tavon Wilson began receiving first team reps at safety. There was no camp battle, but Wilson has clearly outplayed Bush in the preseason.
Theo Riddick, RB: msivits notes that Riddick needs to be used in the role he’s intended for. That’s true, but he’s stunk this preseason there, too unfortunately.
MathBomb, POD: steve52 caught me with a typo that made me look like I went to grammar school with Louis Delmas. I also screwed up a player’s height (Roberts), when measurements is kinda my thing.
Dwayne Washington, RB: Everybody’s trying to talk him up and Lionfan1986 has to come in and bring us all back down to earth with a Kellen Moore analogy.
Miles Killebrew, SS: lions fan displaced in las vegas notes that while Killebrew hasn’t made any huge mistakes, the other safeties on the roster have all done things to solidify their spots. 2016 ought to be a learning year, but he’s buried.
Rafael Bush, SS: Not noted by our fans here, but friend of POD Jeff Risdon claims that it’s "not close" between Wilson and Bush. I would agree, the Lions look like they do as well.
Graham Glasgow, OC: Glasgow was injured, which I didn’t know at the time. He’s out of the boot now, but injuries suck when you’re fighting for a spot.