The Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions wrap up their second joint practice. Insiders Stephen Holder and David Birkett discuss what to expect on Sunday.
Five things to watch in the Detroit Lions’ preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts:
• Rookie debuts: The Lions spent a first-round pick on Jarrad Davis, and wide receiver Kenny Golladay has been the talk of training camp. On Sunday, both will make their team debuts. Golladay said nerves led to some drops in Thursday’s joint practice with the Colts, but both he and the hard-hitting Davis seem ready for the big stage.
• G Money: Greg Robinson put together two solid practices against the Colts this week, giving hope the Lions might not be up a creek at the left tackle position after all. Robinson’s history as a starter is sketchy, and he’s still learning the playbook. But a good showing Sunday will calm some fears about the Taylor Decker-less offensive line.
• Bottle returns: The kick- and punt-return jobs are wholly up for grabs with about a month left before real games begin. Jamal Agnew returned a punt for a touchdown in the Lions’ mock game, and he, TJ Jones, Jace Billingsley and Keshawn Martin all could get a crack at the job tonight. Dwayne Washington shined as a kick returner last preseason, can one of the aforementioned quartet do the same on punts this year?
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