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Lions notes: Sam Martin is reportedly crushing it at OTAs

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Don’t worry, Sam Martin is himself again.

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  • Ever since suffering an off-field injury last offseason, Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin hasn’t been the same. He had a very disappointing 2017 season, but according to Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, he’s finally looking like his old self. “He’s crushing the ball,” Marciano told MLive.com. ”He’s hitting five-ohs out of the wazoo.”

  • Speaking of special teams, Marciano pulled no punches this week when talking about the team’s kickoff return game last year, which ranked last in the league in yards per return:

  • In games within a score, no team threw the ball more often on first and second down than the Lions in 2017:

  • Lions Wire has some really interesting statistics regarding how the Lions used Ameer Abdullah last season, especially when it comes to shotgun formation. Makes you wonder if Detroit will use him in a very specific way in 2018.

  • Per Pro Football Focus, Matthew Stafford is one of the most accurate passers in the league when it comes to passes intended on giving his receivers a horizontal lead (PFF Elite required).