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Detroit Lions: 10 players to watch in preseason game vs. Jets

ALLEN PARK — The Lions open the preseason schedule against the New York Jets at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ford Field.

With so many new players and position battles there will be plenty to watch.
Here are 10 players to watch:

1. RB Reggie Bush, No. 21. The running back, who will be making his debut in a Lions’ uniform, adds a new dimension to the offense. He’s looked good in training camp, now we need to see him against a real opponent.

2. DE Ziggy Ansah, No. 94. It’s likely he will start at right defensive end if Jason Jones (knee) is out. It’s tough to judge the defensive line in camp, but it’s clear Ansah is quite an athlete and quick off the edge.

3. DE Devin Taylor, No. 92. fourth-round draft pick has gotten a little lost in the conversation, but he has potential and size (6-foot-7, 276).

4. CB Bill Bentley, No. 28. He plays with a wild enthusiasm and is happy to be back on the field after playing in just a dozen games his rookie season. Look for him in the slot, it’s where he plays best.

5. CB Darius Slay, No. 30. The rookie has shown flashes in camp even though it’s usually Ron Bartell and Chris Houston who line up with the first team.

6. TE Joe Fauria, No. 47. It’s hard to miss this tight end whose height (6-foot-7) and thin stature make him a standout. He can catch the ball, must work on blocking.

7. WR Patrick Edwards, No. 83. His speed got him this far. He needs to be more consistent with catching and holding onto the ball. He should get a chance at returning punts too.

8. K Havard ‘Kickalicious’ Rugland, No. 3. This will be the Norwegian kicker’s first football game at any level. He has been cool under pressure in the offseason we’ll see how he does during a game.

9. LT Riley Reiff, No. 71. He’s not fighting for a job, this spot is his. He’s been strong in camp let’s see it carry over. He did start one game last season in place of Jeff Backus. That day he looked a little rugged at first, but then handled himself well.

10. DE Willie Young, No. 79. Young usually has good camps but can’t always carry it over into games. In his fourth season, the Lions need him to be consistent. When Jason Jones has been healthy in camp, Young was getting the start on the right side instead of Ansah.

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