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The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 35-17 loss against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.


The following players served as game captains for the Lions:

  • QB Matthew Stafford
  • LB Jarrad Davis


  • Third Quarter: P Ryan Santoso converted a 46-yard field goal with 13:06 remaining in the third quarter for the Lions.
  • Fourth Quarter: RB Dwayne Washington capped a 7-play, 73-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown rush with 12:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. The drive was extended when QB Jake Rudock rushed for a 21-yard gain on a 3rd-and-10.
  • Fourth Quarter: WR Chris Lacy caught a four-yard touchdown pass from QB Jake Rudock to cap an eight-play, 70-yard drive with 3:08 remaining. 


The Lions…

  • Recorded a fumble at the 14:12 mark of the third quarter when DE Alex Barrett recovered a fumbled punt. 



  • Led the Lions in receiving yards with three receptions for 49 yards, including 42 yards in the first half.


  • Logged a game-high 20 carries for a team-high 67 yards and one rushing touchdown. Added six receptions for 43 yards to finish the game with 110 combined rushing-receiving yards, the most by any Lions player this preseason.


  • Concluded his first NFL preseason with seven punts for 309 yards and also converted on his second-career field goal (46 yards) in the third quarter.


  • Recorded a 21-yard rush in the fourth quarter, marking the longest Lions rush this preseason and longest by a Lions quarterback in the preseason since Drew Stanton rushed for a 25-yard touchdown at Denver on Aug. 21, 2010.
  • Finished the day 14-of-24 passing for 112 yards and one touchdown (84.0 passer rating), in addition to two carries for 17 yards on the ground.


  • Led the defense with nine total tackles (six solo), one TFL and two special teams tackles.


  • Recorded his first-career NFL sack when he dropped Browns QB Brogan Roback for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter.


  • Finished his first NFL preseason with a team-high three pass defenses.


On how he feels going into the regular season after playing this final preseason game: “Well, I think when you get into the regular season, obviously our first goal right now is to really try to take a good look at our roster. That’s going to be our biggest thing. When you look at preseason, kind of like as I mentioned before, most of preseason right now is about talent evaluation, roster evaluation, player evaluation. There are certainly some situations that come up that you try to make sure you do a good job of rehearsing and practicing when they do. But from that standpoint, the roster is really kind of the most important thing right now to figure out who’s going to hopefully help us here as we push forward. So, we’ll evaluate that at that level and then we’ll work into the season where we’re kind of in a different mode. We’re trying to game plan against somebody specific, we’re trying to do things at a very specific level against an opponent and put those guys in positions where, hopefully, they can make plays. So, that’s a whole other process that we’re kind of entering as we move from the preseason into the regular season.”

On how he feels about the backup quarterback situation: “Everybody that’s on the roster are the guys that we’re evaluating right now and we’ll see what happens after that.”

On how prepared he is for the season after wrapping up his first preseason as a head coach: “I mean, I would think obviously this whole thing is going to be a work in progress. I don’t really think you can sit here and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got it all nailed down.’ That’s not how any season goes and really with coaches and players and teams, everybody starts over. You know, everybody’s not starting where they left off last year and certainly coming into a new situation. You know, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done and a lot of improvement that needs to be pushed forward and we’ll do that. We’ll go back and evaluate it and obviously try to tighten everything down that we can. You know, there have been some things that have gotten better through preseason from an operational standpoint, just as I look at it from a head coaching standpoint, which is a positive. So now you’ve got to move on to the next, call it challenge, and try to get that cleaned up as much as possible.”

On finishing the preseason 1-3:
 “Yeah, obviously we would’ve liked to have played better at times, but it’s a growing experience, every preseason is. Teams come together and you learn a lot about your ballclub. At the same time, a lot of things change as you get ready for season. We’ve got to get our focus ready for the Jets and go from there.”


On the general mood in locker room tonight: “Well, we didn’t finish the way we wanted to. We lost the game and guys are just bummed out about that. That is the thing, that’s the most important thing right now, that’s what we feel right now. Tomorrow does not exist right now because it’s tonight. ”

On his preseason performance: 
“Yeah, I missed (time), I wasn’t able to play two games and just to get back out there, and just play and have fun with my teammates was the biggest thing.  And get that communication going, talking and trying to put everything together.  So, just to get back out there and play was the biggest thing.”


On what he will do waiting for the final roster decisions: “My family is in town and we’re just all going to relax.  Hang out with the baby and just relax. It’s going to play out how it’s going to play out.  You know, I put the work in and whatever comes of it is going to come of it.”

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