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News & Notes 8/24
Here are some small tidbits of information concerning the Lions.
Corey Sauter is out, probably. While hes performed well, Mike McMahon has shown too much promise to not keep, and right now Marty Mornhinweg cant justify keeping 4 Quarterbacks. However, if any of the Quarterbacks fall to injury, Sauter will take there place on the depth chart, with the exception of Charlie Batch. That means that if Jim Harbaugh goes down with a broken knee and is out 12 weeks, Sauter will become the backup and McMahon would stay as the 3rd Quarterback. Despite recent rumors of the Lions trying to trade for Ty Detmer, it doesnt seem likely right now.
Mornhinweg and Running Backs coach Maurice Carthon are at a loss about what to do as far as backup Running Back and Fullback. James Stewart and Cory Schlesinger are the starters, and Lamont Warren looks to have one of the backup Running Back spots locked up. And if the Lions knew at the start of training camp that Warren was going to play as well as he had been, there would be no question as to who the Running Backs were going to be; Stewart, Warren and Sedrick Irvin. However, Irvin has once again demonstrated that he cant run with the football, and Reuben Droughns has taken advantage by showing off his running ability as well as being able to adequately catch the football out of the backfield. At Fullback, Brock Olivo is the veteran trying to fight off undrafted rookie Stephen Trejo. Unless Trejo does something shocking over the next two games, expect Olivo to make the team as the backup Fullback, with the Lions trying to hide Trejo on the practice squad until they need him, either sometime this season or next season.
Tony Semple is once again pushing for a starting spot from his backup position. With Stockar McDougle sidelined with a groin injury, Semple has taken advantage. No one can be sure whose going to get the job, although if McDougle cant get healthy soon, Semple might win the job by default just because McDougle hasnt practiced enough. The Lions wouldnt be completely against having McDougle as a backup, because then there would be less of a need for a backup Tackle, with McDougle being a capable backup at either spot. The only problem is, the Lions used there first round draft pick on McDougle just one year ago, and relegating him to a backup role wouldnt look good on the organization.
Despite the fact that James Hall has played unbelievably well in the first two preseason games, Tracy Scroggins is still the starter at Right Defensive End, whenever he returns. Scroggins and recently signed Defensive Lineman Alonzo Spellman will share time at Right End, while the Lions will try different things with Hall to get him in the game more often including moving Robert Porcher inside on passing downs and putting Hall in his spot as well as using Hall as Blitzing Linebacker, similar to the role he played at the University of Michigan as the Rush Linebacker.
Bryant Westbrook probably wont be ready for the first game against Green Bay on September 9th, but he will be placed on the 53-man roster to start the season, which means they expect him back in the first few weeks of the season. Whether he starts when he comes back is yet to be determined.