Calvin Johnson may have been the quietest NFL superstar in recent memory. Other than his sensational play, he did little, if anything, to draw attention to himself, and his typically understated retirement earlier this year – there was no farewell press conference at the Detroit Lions’ facility – followed suit.
Joe Flacco went 11 for 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November, but the Baltimore Ravens lost tight end Benjamin Watson to a season-ending injury during a 30-9 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. Coming off surgery to repair ligaments in his left knee, Flacco played in two series spanning the first quarter. Linebacker Terrell Suggs also returned for the Ravens, participating in his first game since tearing his Achilles tendon in the season opener last year.
It’s time to find out how Joe Flacco will respond to taking a hit on his surgically repaired left knee. Flacco will start at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night against the Detroit Lions, his first game action since tearing his ACL and MCL nine months ago in a game against the St. Louis Rams. The injury ended Flacco’s run of 137 straight starts.
The Detroit Lions have made some changes, significant and subtle, under first-year general manager Bob Quinn. ”We’re starting to act like a winning organization that brings in millions and billions of dollars,” receiver Golden Tate said. The Lions hired strength and conditioning coach, Harold Nash Jr., away from the New England Patriots and revamped the space he trains players.
Matthew Stafford will take every snap for the Detroit Lions if the season goes as planned. Dan Orlovsky, who has played in just 27 games since making his NFL debut in 2005, will likely be the team’s No. 2 quarterback. Jake Rudock, who started at Michigan and Iowa the previous two years, seems to be putting himself in a position to earn a roster spot as Detroit’s third-string signal caller.