-- WR Charles Rogers has put up identical numbers -- four receptions for 38 yards -- in both of his first two NFL games. The Packers had double coverage on the rookie WR almost from the start, leaving QB Joey Harrington little choice but to find other receivers with less coverage.
-- QB Joey
Harrington was the NFC offensive player of the week after completing 17 of 30
passses for 195 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions season opener but his
performance dropped of dramatically in the 31-6 loss Sunday at Green Bay.
Harrington completed 26 of 55 pass attempts (both career highs) for 241 yards
and was intercepted three times, for a passer rating of 37.0. Unofficially, his
receivers had seven drops.
-- TE Mikhael Ricks was credited --
unofficially -- with two dropped passes and was hit in the back of the helmet
with another pass when he didn't turn and look for the ball on time. Although he
caught two passes for 14 yards, the Lions began throwing to rookie TE Casey Fitzsimmons in the second half.
-- TE Casey Fitzsimmons, an
undrafted rookie who made the Lions 53-man roster, got his first two NFL
receptions after replacing starter Mikhael Ricks in the second half of the 31-6
loss Sunday at Green Bay. Fitzsimmons caught two passes for 18
-- RB Shawn Bryson leads Lions running backs in
receptions after two games. Bryson, who had three catches for 41 yards in the
season opener against Arizona, caught five passes for 48 yards in the 31-6 loss
Sunday at Green Bay. With the Lions unable to establish a running game, the
receptions have become a necessity.
-- WR Az-Zahir Hakim hasn't
played in the Lions first two games but might be ready to play next Sunday
against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Steve Mariucci thought about activating
Hakim for the game Sunday at Green Bay after Hakim practiced for the first time
since having arthroscopic knee surgery four weeks ago, but decided to keep him
inactive for the game instead.
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