WR Corey Bradford was cut on Wednesday, a surprise move considering the veteran was a key free-agent acquisition during the off-season. Bradford
struggled in the preseason and the team's season opener, however, and was replaced by fellow newcomer Mike Furrey in the line-up the last two games. Many more individual player notes inside.
WR Corey Bradford was cut on Wednesday, a surprise move considering the
veteran was a key free-agent acquisition during the off-season. Bradford
struggled in the preseason and the team's season opener, however, and was
replaced by fellow newcomer Mike Furrey in the line-up the last two games.
Bradford had three receptions for 36 yards this season. The move to release
Bradford also allowed the team to activate undrafted rookie WR Shaun Bodiford.
Bodiford has been inactive since the season began due to a knee injury, but is
expected to play in Sunday's contest at St. Louis.
OT Blaine Saipaia was
signed to the team's active roster on Wednesday following the release of WR
Corey Bradford. Saipaia spent the last two years of his professional career in
St. Louis, where he played under Lions' offensive coordinator Mike Martz. In two
seasons, Saipaia started eight of the 17 games in which he played. The Lions had
a need at offensive tackle, where veterans Rex Tucker and Barry Stokes are both
recovering from minor injuries.
QB Jon Kitna is among the NFL's leading passers in percentage of completions
with 69 in 107 attempts, a mark of 64.5 percent, good for 801 yards. He has
thrown two touchdown passes in three games and has been intercepted once, on a
ricochet off WR Corey Bradford. Kitna has been working under adverse
circumstances; he has been sacked an average of four times per game.
RB Kevin Jones hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since the 15th game of his
rookie season (2004) when he ripped the Chicago Bears for 123 yards on 25
carries. In three games this season he has 160 yards rushing but he already has
16 receptions for 127 yards, giving him an average of nearly 96 yards per game
in total offense.
TE Dan Campbell, acquired by the Lions primarily for his blocking ability, is
leading the team in yards per catch with five receptions for 106 yards, an
average of 21.2 yards per reception. Among his receptions are 23, 30, 25 and
WR Roy Williams' production has increased in each of the last two games after
what he considered a subpar performance in the Lions' season opener. Williams
had three catches for 36 yards in the first game, six for 71 in the second game
and hit a career single-game best with seven for 138 yards and a touchdown.
WR Mike Williams, the Lions' first-round draft pick a year ago, has been
active for just one of the team's three games. He got on the field for only a
handful of plays at the end of the 31-24 loss to Green Bay and had no balls
thrown his way. The Lions coaches apparently have not been pleased with his
weight or his effort.
DT Shaun Rogers had two QB sacks in the season opener but has been shut out
the past two games by double-teaming by Chicago and Green Bay offensive lines.
Rogers has played well against the run, however, and the Lions are giving up an
average of only 2.8 yards per running play.
LB Ernie Sims, the Lions' first pick in the 2006 NFL draft, has led the team
in tackles in each of their first three games. Sims was credited with 10 tackles
in the season opener against Seattle, seven against Chicago in the second game
and nine in game three against Green Bay, playing the weakside LB position.
S Daniel Bullocks, the Lions' second-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft, could
get his second consecutive starting assignment if SS Kenoy Kennedy is unable to
play Sunday at St. Louis because of a foot injury. Bullocks was credited with
six tackles and a pass defensed in his first start last Sunday against Green
RB Shawn Bryson, who has been a valuable contributor as the Lions backup RB
and FB the past two seasons, is making the most of his limited playing
opportunities in coordinator Mike Martz's offense. Bryson has only one carry for
one yard but he has caught four passes for 54 yards, including a 37-yard
KR Eddie Drummond's production in the return game has been down from his 2004
Pro Bowl season numbers but he showed signs of a resurgence in the 31-24 loss to
Green Bay with a 44-yard KOR and a 13-yard PR. He is still averaging only 5.1
yards on eight punt returns and 20.1 yards on 11 kickoff returns.