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5 takeaways from the Lions’ preseason loss to the Patriots

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Detroit was clearly outclassed.

NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Well. That was a football game.

The Detroit Lions barely looked like a professional football team in their preseason opener, as the New England Patriots steam rolled them in a 31-3 loss. Here are a few takeaways from a lackluster performance from the Lions:

The offensive line needs work

The Lions offensive line was a disaster Thursday night. While the first team was okay in the limited time they played, the second and third team might as well have been cardboard cutouts. The offensive line failed to protect quarterbacks Tom Savage and David Fales.

Kenny Wiggins was playing with the first team today, meaning that the coaches see him as the favorite to start this year. While he was not great either, he should still be the favorite for the starting role coming out of this game.

Wide receiver depth may be an issue

None of Detroit’s top three receivers, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola, played on Thursday, and the guys behind them did not look that great. Jermaine Kearse left the game on the first drive with what appears to be a broken leg. Andy Jones — who also got a starting spot — looked disappointing. Slot receiver Brandon Powell may have made a better case for his spot on the roster, as while he only had two catches for 27 yards, he at least did not make any obvious mistakes and even got a few chances as a return man.

If the Lions keep five receivers on the 53-man roster, Powell and rookie Travis Fulgham are probably the last two the team keeps. Jones is still very much in the hunt, though.

The corners were bad — but don’t be too worried

CB2 was one of the Lions biggest needs this offseason, and no one that played Thursday night made any sort of case to earn a starting role this season. Rookie Amani Oruwariye looked a second behind the game at times and had trouble getting his head around. Mike Ford and Andre Chachere were constantly beaten in coverage.

It may be too early to panic, though. Both Rashaan Melvin and Teez Tabor did not feature, and they seem to be the favorites for second cornerback spot at the moment. The Lions corners looked awful, but almost all of them wont be on the roster anyways.

Jamal Agnew and Tavon Wilson impress

Both Jamal Agnew and Tavon Wilson were defensive backs entering the week knowing they needed to perform to solidify their spots on the roster. Both did just that.

Agnew had a few pass break-ups early on in the game and was a lone bright spot in coverage. Wilson was great in run defense and was a formidable box safety up front. Both managed to stand out while much of the defensive backfield failed to, which is huge for them coming out of Week 1.

Return of Connor Cook?

Former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could find himself back at Allen Park soon.

Backup quarterback Tom Savage left the game early with an injury, and nothing that David Fales did should inspire any confidence in him being the teams back up quarterback going forward. If Savage’s injury is serious then the team will need to find another back up in a pinch to compete with Fales.

Cook was waived by the Lions in June and remains a free agent a few months later. He has more experience with Detroit’s current offense than anyone else on the market as well.