Lions host final public practice before tackling Raiders

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - With former Lions head coach Rick Forzano on hand, fans poured in to watch Calvin Johnson and the Lions get their final tune-up before packing up for their next test against the Raiders in Oakland, Calif., on Friday.

"That crowd and that atmosphere, you know, it's going to be intense and hostile but we're the perfect guys for the job," said James Ihedigbo, a Lions safety. "That's our mentality is going in there [and taking care of business]. It doesn't matter who we're playing. [The goal] is just to execute and play Lions football."

As the Lions defense looks to make a statement on the road, there are some concerns surrounding Nick Fairley.

According to reports, Fairley has packed on too many pounds, which explains why he's been demoted to work out with the Lions second-team defense for the third straight day.

When the Lions meet the Raiders on Friday night, one of the intriguing storylines is all about the two top 10 picks from this years NFL draft squaring off. Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack will match-up right across from Lions tight end, Eric Ebron.

"[It's really a story of] two rookies, who are trying to make a name for themselves in this league," said Reggie Bush, a Lions running back. "It will be a good battle. It will be good to see both of them get after it."

"It's gonna be a great match up to see," said Ihedigbo about the Mack vs. Ebron storyline. "I know Ebron's going to go out there and play hard, and do what he does well. [We're] looking forward for him to put up some points for us."


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