Stovall, a former Buc, could be Lions' secret weapon
ALLEN PARK — It turns out wide receiver Maurice Stovall could be a secret weapon of sorts on Sunday when the Lions open the season in Tampa.
Stovall spent his first five NFL seasons with the Bucs.
And with the philosophy of “Let no stone go unturned’’ the Lions’ coaching staff picked his brain in preparation for Sunday’s opener.
“They asked about different things — offense, defense, special teams — and I told them what I thought I could help them with,’’ Stovall said.
The 26-year-old receiver said he hasn’t give much thought to playing his former team.
“Playing this team, a lot of people ask me, ‘Are you going to have revenge on the Bucs?’ I’m like no you approach each team the same way each week, know to be a professional, don’t treat them any different, play hard like we do each week, prepare the same way and we’ll have the outcome we want,’’ said Stovall who signed as a free agent on Aug. 2.
He joined the team a few days after wide receiver Rashied Davis and neither has disappointed.
“When (Stovall) was available, along with Rashied, to have two guys like that who can pretty much do anything for us offensively, gives us a little more of a luxury,’’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said.
“We have a couple more receivers available on game day, guys who can play and have experience. That does so much for you. Those guys have to be ready to play without much reps during the week, they’ve got to do some show team stuff but they have to be able to step in if we need them.’’
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