DeAndre Levy and Ameer Abdullah: They're back, and they look good. DeAndre Levy's return means that the linebacker unit isn't completely paper thin. He showed us all why the Lions needed him back so badly with his presence in the passing game, forcing an incompletion and chasing down a receiver short of the sticks.
It was also refreshing to see Abdullah back on the field, as he is by far the most talented back on the roster. He even lowered his head and knocked a defender on his back on a 10-yard run that was created by the efforts of Cole Wick, Taylor Decker and Laken Tomlinson on the far left side of the field.
Travis Swanson: I can't even stress enough how impressed I was with Travis Swanson tonight. The entire offensive line did an okay job of keeping Stafford on his feet and giving him time, but Swanson in particular was constantly winning 1-on-1 matchups, gaining leverage over his opponents and exhibiting great awareness. This was a huge step in the right direction for the third-year center.
Dwayne Washington: With Washington returning kicks to start the game, I thought it was a sign that Ameer Abdullah would sit the game out, but I was wrong. The Lions are very serious about Washington, to the point where he might even seize KR duties away from Abdullah.
Marvin Jones: He's a pass catchin', toe tappin', chain movin' son of a gun. Buy all Marvin Jones stock. All of it.
Tavon Wilson: Wilson continues to impress and appears to be one of the most efficient tacklers on the team. He's got some work to do in pass coverage, but he's constantly around the ball and makes plays in the run game.
Zaviar Gooden: Made several stops in the second half and ended the game with five total tackles. He's a longshot to make the roster, but definitely gave the coaching staff a reason to keep him on the practice squad.
Matthew Stafford: It's the preseason, but this was the worst half of football I've seen from Stafford since the Lombardi Era. He looked uncomfortable early, threw a near-interception that was nowhere near his intended receiver and finished it off with an INT late in the second quarter.
Jimmy Landes: Come on, young fella'. You've got one job. I can't imagine that the Lions will keep Landes if he continues his inconsistencies. All it takes is one bad snap to blow a game, and Landes' snaps have been way too questionable.
Riley Reiff: He was the victim of too many pressures and penalties and got lit up by the pride of Grand Valley State University, defensive end Matt Judon.
Riley Reiff has two penalties today, and was beaten on that strip-sack. Bad day for him.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 28, 2016
Devon Bell: This isn't going to get you many calls from teams looking for kickers:
As bad of a FG attempt as you will ever see in the NFL. It was not blocked. That's Devin Bell https://t.co/Xn00bzTAZI— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) August 28, 2016
Discipline: Eight penalties for 80 yards in the first half just isn't going to cut it by the time the regular season rolls around. In his own way, Jim Caldwell is beside himself right now.