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5 Detroit Lions Players To Watch In NFL Preseason Week 2

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5 Detroit Lions Players To Watch In NFL Preseason Week 2

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The Detroit Lions looked sluggish in their Week 1 preseason win against Cleveland, and will be looking to play much sharper against the Oakland Raiders this week. They seemed to lack a real spark on offense and a sense of urgency on defense in their 13-12 win. There are some Lions players whose performances this week should be watched closely. Read on to find out which five Lions players you should pay close attention to this Friday night.

5. TE Eric Ebron

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5. TE Eric Ebron

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Eric Ebron was used in many different formations in last week's game, but only recorded one catch for two yards. Expect the Lions to continue to line up Ebron all over the field, but feature him more this week against a revamped Oakland secondary.

4. RB Theo Riddick

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4. RB Theo Riddick

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Theo Riddick had a lot of excitement heading into the preseason as a possible breakout player, but Riddick did not make much of an impact against the Browns. After getting crushed by Browns safety Donte Whitner, Riddick had to leave the field earlier than expected, and saw players like Mikel Leshoure and George Winn take his reps. If he is healthy this week, Riddick will see plenty of action as he tries to make up for lost time.

3. C Travis Swanson

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3. C Travis Swanson

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The second rookie to appear on this list, Travis Swanson saw plenty of time last week, but a costly mistake ended a drive in the red zone. Swanson played center for most of the game with a total of 62 snaps, the most by any player on both teams. With the Lions driving in the red zone late in the game, Swanson delivered a bad snap and turned the ball over. This week, Swanson could get some reps as the Lions try to find his true position.

2. QB Dan Orlovsky

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2. QB Dan Orlovsky

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The presumed backup even before training camp began, Dan Orlovsky performed poorly against the Browns while third-string quarterback Kellen Moore exceled. With Moore's emergence, there will be a real possibility that Orlovsky gets reps as the No. 3 quarterback this week with Moore taking the No. 2 job.

1. DT Nick Fairley

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1. DT Nick Fairley

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After recoding no tackles in limited time last week, Nick Fairley was demoted to the second-team defense this week, replaced by veteran C.J. Mosley on the first-team defense. With this move, the Lions run the risk of Fairley mentally checking out this season after being demoted. If Fairley responds well against Oakland this week, the questions that have surrounded him could be put to rest quickly.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. He also adds to the site’s NCAA Football, Fantasy, and NFL content. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.