Good morning and ROARRRRRRRR!
At least one guy hasn't given up on Patrick Edwards, the Detroit Lions' buzz-worthy young receiver who hasn't exactly lit up the stat line in the preseason. Veteran Nate Burleson, whose strong comments jump-started the Edwards Express earlier this year, has doubled down on his thoughts.
Burleson told reporters this week that he would challenge any NFL defensive back to cover Edwards one-on-one because of his speed. Via Justin Rogers of Mlive.com, he added: "Pat is primed to be a star number two receiver in this league, right now. Not only was his résumé strong from college, but I saw something on the field that a lot of guys don't have. That's great speed, good hands and he's a really strong route runner."
Edwards has caught four passes for 16 yards in extensive preseason playing time, but he was open for an 18-yard touchdown last week against the New England Patriots. Quarterback Matthew Stafford overthrew him on the play.
Continuing around the Lions' den:
The Lions players that Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press spoke with said they want to see the NFL maintain four preseason games.
Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah has missed three consecutive days of practice, presumably because of a head injury he suffered in practice Saturday. More from Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
This could be center Dominic Raiola's final season with the Lions, notes Katzenstein.
It's possible the Lions will keep four tight ends on their roster, writes Paula Pasche of the Oakland Press.
Here's my ChatWrap post on the Lions' decision between Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure for the backup running back job.