There’s always a tangible increase in excitement in the air during the third preseason game. The stakes are ultimately the same as every other preseason game—that is to say that there aren’t any—but there’s the sense that the game is more representative of what you’ll see during the regular season.
That doesn’t always turn out to be true, but every year it feels true nonetheless.
But for some fans, and every single coach and talent scout, this game is about the performance of individuals. Every team has the unenviable task of cutting 37 players in the next eight days. Friday’s game will provide a key piece of evidence as to who belongs on the roster, and who will have to find employment elsewhere.
So if you’re one of the fans that will be more focused on the individuals, today’s Question of the Day is for you.
Which Lions player will you be keeping a close eye on against the Patriots?
My answer: I’ll give you one on offense and one on defense.
On offense, I’m going to be watching the play of Graham Glasgow. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I have been too preoccupied with the dramatics at left tackle to even notice the problems happening at left guard. Glasgow has had two very rough games, and his backup, Joe Dahl, hasn’t been any better. If Glasgow doesn’t show improvement, and show it quick, the Lions’ offensive line may be dealing with an issue just as bad as missing Taylor Decker.
On defense, it’s all about Jarrad Davis. While the early returns look positive on Davis, the truth is, we haven’t gotten much of a look at him at all. Davis has only played 30 snaps this preseason and he hasn’t really faced a true offensive challenge yet. Hopefully, we’ll see Davis in there for a half against an extremely good offense and an elite tight end, if Rob Gronkowski plays.
Much of this defense’s success will rely upon Davis, and this will be a great test to see where he’s at so far.