Detroit Lions continue preseason on the road against Cleveland Browns
2:45 PM, Aug 15, 2013
6:08 PM, Aug 15, 2013
(WXYZ) - The Lions preseason continues tonight in Cleveland against the Browns and WXYZ, the flagship station of the Lions Television Network, will broadcast the action live.
Our coverage kicks off at 7pm tonight with Lions Tailgate. Tom Leyden will be joined on the field by Pro Football Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders.
Brad Galli will take a look at the competitive battle for the final wide receiver spots on the roster and what it takes to make the team, while David Solano will look at the safety position and how Louis Delmas fits into the picture.
Play-by-play team Matt Shepard and Rob Rubick will join Lions Tailgate from their broadcast booth atop FirstEnergy Stadium.
Earlier this week, Lions running back Reggie Bush joined Tom for a one-one-one interview. Bush shared insight into the pressures of joining a team on the rebound, and what fans don't know about him.
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When the game kicks off at 7:30, Shep and Rubes will call the action from the booth with Tom on the sideline interviewing players and offering insight from the field.
Jim Schwartz has already shed light on what to expect this week: a very vanilla set of playcalling, because the Lions and Browns meet in Week 6. That being said, it's still the NFL, and expect the starters to want to get off the good start like last week.
Brad's Top Three Stories to Watch:
1) Linebackers: Who's Stepping Up? – Ashlee Palmer has gotten a vote of confidence from many within the organization, but the job at outside linebacker is still far from solidified. Travis Lewis has been inconsistent, and will likely get a lot of time on the field tonight. Tahir Whitehead still believes the job is his to lose, but he has to make more plays in order to become a starter.
2) Line Shuffling – Dylan Gandy started at right guard last week, but Larry Warford played more snaps than any other Lions player in the team's 26-17 win over New York. Warford has maintained he is more confident than ever before, but performance is what matters. It will be interesting to see how this position battle, and the right tackle spot next to it, shakes out. Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard have split most of the snaps during camp at tackle.
3) Stafford's Touch – Last week, we got a quick glimpse of Matthew Stafford and the first team offense. It wasn't putrid, but it wasn't exactly the smoothest start, either. Stafford was 3-for-8 for 58 yards, but with cards pressed more closely to the chest this week, it will be interesting to see how effective the quarterback is in limited work.
The first road trip should be a fun one. We can't wait to bring you inside the action. See you at 7 on 7.