Week 3 of the NFL preseason has typically been known as the “dress rehearsal” game, as most starters will see their longest action during the month of August. Whether it is due to injuries, coaching decisions, or other factors, many first-team Lions have seen little-to-no action this preseason, and fans in Detroit are itching to see the stars hit the field.
It is not guaranteed that Matthew Stafford will take his first preseason snaps on Friday, but he will certainly be the attention grabber, one way or another. However, at this point in his career, there is not a ton that he is missing out on other than seeing some live reps with his fellow starters. It would be great to see him lead a couple successful drives, but it will not be the end of the world if he does not.
Stafford will always be The Guy as long as he is in Detroit, but there are plenty of other intriguing players heading into Friday’s clash against the Bills.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lion will you be focusing on during Week 3?
My answer: As is tradition, there are plenty of position battles all along the roster. The secondary still has some serious question marks, and depth is a question almost everywhere. For me, though, Travis Fulgham is a player I am very interested in seeing take a step forward. The sixth-round pick has plenty of potential and a path onto the 53-man roster.
Fulgham made an impressive grab in Houston last week and totaled 52 yards on three catches. After Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola, there are at least two spots—maybe three—for younger wide receivers to grasp and carry into the season. The rookie has a healthy amount of competition, but a solid showing against Buffalo could go a long way in determining his fate.