Let’s just start by saying it’s a good thing this game is over. Yes, I understand there may not even be five players that played well enough to receive the honor, but I am going to play by the rules and find some. So without further ado, let’s get into this review of this preseason week 1.
5 Who Impressed:
1. QB Tom Savage
Savage had a nice game when his offensive line was able to give him even just a couple of seconds in the pocket. Savage was two for three on his throws for 40-yards, including a dime between two Patriot defenders to Brandon Powell on a third down play. Savage did hold onto the ball too long a couple times and hurt his team getting an extra sack or two and unfortunately came up injured on one of those sacks.
Tom Savage just threw a dime to Brandon Powell to convert third-and-long. And I mean a DIME.
— Tony Dombrowski (@tonydombrowski) August 8, 2019
2. RB Ty Johnson
The rookie’s rushing numbers won’t look as good on the stat sheet as he did in the game but that’s why I’m here to tell you about it. Johnson showed his speed and demonstrated that he can be a weapon at the next level by getting to the corner.
Johnson had a couple nice runs which came back due to a penalty, however, he still ended the game with an average of 7.3 yard per carry.
3. LB Miles Killebrew
Killebrew had an up and down game to me, sometimes he flashed his potential at the linebacker position and another time he got beat for a touchdown by an UDFA.
While lining up all over the field, Killebrew had six tackles and one being for a loss in the backfield. The Fox broadcast said after the game that he was their player of the game for the Lions.
4. P Sam Martin
Sad day when this happens, but after a game as disappointing as this one… it is what it is. The Lions punter Sam Martin was a top performer with some nice punts, it’s just a shame he was on display so often.
Sam Martin with a fantastic punt. A couple Lions made it there too, but a missed tackle and the Pat's brought it back a bit.
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) August 9, 2019
5. P/K Ryan Santoso
Yup, another kicker. Santoso had a good game for a relatively unknown player, putting good film out there for other teams when the Lions inevitably cut him last season due to not needing two punters or kickers on the team. Santoso had four punts and averaged 46.8 yards per punt — more than Martin averaged. Santoso also kicked the Lions lone field goal from 37 yards out making him the only Lions player in the game to score.
5 Who Did Not:
1. CB Amani Oruwariye
Oruwariye was a complete wreck on Thursday night. I understand he is a late-round draft pick and this was his first game ever in the NFL, but he was getting beat by undrafted rookies. Oruwariye held his receiver and then still got beat by his man. Later on, he gave up a 9-yard slant in the red zone. As someone who desperately wanted the Lions to draft Oruwariye, he needs time on the practice squad or just be inactive on regular-season game days until he develops into something more reliable.
2. QB David Fales
Fales has had a bad training camp and there were no expectations for him coming into this game. Somehow, he still showed that he does not belong on an NFL roster, although his offensive line did not block for him, he was still going up against the Patriots third and fourth string defense. Fales managed to gain only 22 more yards than Savage with 11 more attempts. Fales also threw the games lone interception.
3. OT Tyrell Crosby
Crosby, like the rest of the offensive line, had a rough game. Crosby allowed four sacks by my count, two of those coming from the rookie edge rusher from the Univartsy of Michigan, Chase Winovich. Crosby was also injured in this game with what seems to be a concussion — which is unfortunate due to Crosby’s draft stock falling last year due to his many concussions in college.
4. OG Oday Aboushi
Aboushi was abysmal. I get it’s preseason and this is a new system to him, but there were plays he looked like he never played the position before. A far fall from grace from the time he was a starting gaurd on the playoff Texan team. What made him stand out the most to me was his holding call on 3rd down and 33 to go, the penalty was declined, but you are telling me you held a guy when your team needs 33 yards on a single play?
5. OG Kenny Wiggins
Wiggins like the rest of the offensive lineman had a bad game. Wiggins big gaff came early in the game when his holding call took back a nine-yard gain by rookie RB Ty Johnson. You can’t make what would have been a 2nd down and one to go, into a 1st and 20.