Morning Roar: Lions close preseason 3-1

Good morning and ROARRRRRRRR!

The Detroit Lions' reserve players wrapped up their preseason Thursday night by stomping the Buffalo Bills' emergency players 35-13, leaving them with a 3-1 preseason record.

The good news: Only two NFL teams finished with better records this summer, the undefeated Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.

The bad news: Everyone is back to 0-0 this morning with the start of regular season now less than a week away.

Alas, we can still take our morning tour of the Lions' den:

  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "The Lions finished the preseason 3-1 and are 15-5 in exhibition play in Jim Schwartz's five seasons as head coach, but they head into their season-opener next week against the Minnesota Vikings with a number of questions about their supposedly high-powered offense."

  • Birkett on the Lions' offense: "Some level of concern is warranted. But until the offense is on the field together and slotted in the right spots -- [Nate] Burleson in the slot, [Patrick] Edwards as a complementary part, etc. -- it's impossible to make any conclusive judgments."

  • Quarterback Matthew Stafford on the Lions' offense, via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News: "I think we’re right where we need to be. Keep progressing, get some of our guys back on the field and go out there and get ready for Minnesota."

  • Lions defensive end Jason Jones has played well at his new weight of 280 pounds, according to Katzenstein.

  • Waiting out final cuts will be nerve-wracking for bubble players like kick returner Steven Miller, writes Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

  • Receiver Matt Willis made a strong case for a roster spot Thursday night, writes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.

  • Let's be careful to note, as Paula Pasche of the Oakland Press did, that the Bills were missing 27 players Thursday night.

  • Here is my Observation Deck post off the game.