Lions Player Notes: 9/20

Despite his inability to run the football consistently well, Lions' running back Kevin Jones has been the team's most productive offensive weapon, aside from QB Jon Kitna, in the first two games of the season. More player notes inside.

  • QB Jon Kitna has completed 65.67 percent of his passes (44 of 67) in the Lions first two games of the season, putting him seventh among NFL quarterbacks with 20 or more passes per game in the first two weeks of the season. His 23-for-30 performance at Chicago was the third-best single-game completion percentage in Lions history. Despite the good numbers and no interceptions, the Lions have scored no passing touchdowns.
  • RB Kevin Jones has been the Lions' most productive offensive weapon, aside from QB Jon Kitna, in the first two games of the season. He has 79 yards rushing and 83 yards receiving, but the running game remains a concern. Jones is averaging 3.0 yards per carry and as a team the Lions are averaging just 2.7 yards per carry.
  • TE Dan Campbell has only two catches - a 30-yarder and 23-yarder - in the Lions first two games but he still has more receiving yards than former starting TE Marcus Pollard, who has four receptions for 40 yards playing in a H-back type role.
  • WR Roy Williams says he doesn't regret guaranteeing the Lions a win in their game at Chicago on Sunday even though they were beaten 34-7 by the Bears. Williams improved his own personal performance in the second game and has nine receptions for 107 yards for the season, leaving him two catches behind WR Mike Furrey and RB Kevin Jones, who lead the team with 11 each.
  • WR Mike Furrey moved ahead of WR Corey Bradford into a starting role with the Lions in their game Sunday at Chicago. Furrey has been the Lions' most consistent receiver in the first two games with 11 catches for 122 yards. He is tied with RB Kevin Jones for the team lead in receptions and is first among Lions receivers in yardage.
  • DT Shaun Rogers, who had two quarterback sacks and was a dominating inside force in the Lions' season opener, was not as effective in the second game, a 34-7 loss at Chicago. Rogers was held to three tackles by the double-teaming Bears and did not register a sack, although coach Rod Marinelli said he played at a high level after getting a slow start.
  • LB Alex Lewis, whose speed and athletic ability made him one of the Lions' most valuable defenders against both the run and the pass, is likely to miss the Lions game Sunday against Green Bay with sprained ligaments in his left knee. Lewis was injured early in the Chicago game, leaving the Lions lacking in coverage against the Bears TEs and RBs. His return is being listed as day to day but he said he doesn't expect to play Sunday.
  • MLB Boss Bailey had just one tackle and one pass defensed in the Lions' 34-7 loss at Chicago but it appears he will get his first start of the season at middle linebacker. With the knee injury to SLB Alex Lewis, Paris Lenon is expected to move from the middle to the strong side, leaving Bailey to handle the middle linebacker job, with backup support from LaVar Woods.
  • LB Paris Lenon, who has started the Lions' first two games at middle linebacker and is a key performer on special teams coverage units, is likely to move to the strong side as the temporary replacement for Alex Lewis, who has a sprained left knee and does not expect to play Sunday against Green Bay.
  • WR Az-Zahir Hakim was active for his first game after signing with the Lions, but was on the field for only one play and had no passes thrown his way. Although Hakim missed all of training camp and the preseason before signing with the Lions as a free agent, Lions coach Rod Marinelli and offensive coordinator Mike Martz activated him over second-year veteran Mike Williams.

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