Detroit notes: Stafford accurate; red zone O shows life

Detroit News - [Full Article]

• Quarterback Matthew Stafford's accuracy in all drills remains astounding. He made just two bad passes in the seven-on-seven, one-on-one and team drills in the afternoon session. The best was a deep out to Calvin Johnson; he hit him absolutely in stride between three defenders.

• Rookie Jahvid Best caught punts for the first time Sunday.

• You can't help but be intrigued by the Lions' possibilities in the red zone.

They worked on it a bunch Sunday morning and when you see two 6-foot-5 tight ends (Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew) and a 6-5 receiver (Calvin Johnson), the potential to create favorable matchups seems limitless.

"We've got some trees," coach Jim Schwartz said. "Those guys are tall and when you get down there it becomes a matchup game. When you can elevate the ball and take it over somebody's head, that's a plus."

That alone won't get it done, though. There has to be a running threat, which Schwartz thinks is there in rookie Jahvid Best, and some inside receivers who aren't afraid to catch a ball in traffic coming across the middle, which he thinks he has in Nate Burleson .

"I like our combinations," Schwartz said. "Burleson is a guy who has great quickness and tremendous courage. There aren't many wide receivers who have the courage that Nate has to go across the middle. You need that."

Fantasy Impact: 

Remember being excited about the Lions offense a few years ago after they drafted Kevin Smith? This has a different feel though, and drafting some Lions this time around shouldn't be a bad thing, as long as you keep things in perspective. Calvin Johnson should be a WR1 while Stafford may be a nice QB2 option to pick up in later rounds. RB Best certainly has some potential to be a mid-to-late round addition that pays off later in the season.

Filed Under: 2010, Preseason

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