Detroit Lions 2014 Preseason: 5 Players To Watch In Friday’s Game vs. Jacksonville

Detroit Lions 2014 Preseason: 5 Players To Watch In Friday's Game vs. Jacksonville

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The Detroit Lions will host the Jacksonville Jaguars this Friday night in search of their second win of the NFL preseason. Detroit played well in their 27-26 loss to Oakland last week, but they will need great outings from these five players to get their preseason record back on the winning track.

5. CB Bill Bentley

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5. CB Bill Bentley

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The Lions' nickelback for most of the last two seasons, Bill Bentley has struggled in camp as well as the preseason. In two games, Bentley has already committed two penalties as was graded by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) at minus-3.4. The need for a solid nickelback is even more important for the Lions, as they not only have to face Green Bay's dynamic receivers, but Chicago just signed Santonio Holmes this past weekend.

4. CB Jonte Green

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4. CB Jonte Green

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Jonte Green has struggled all preseason in the coverage and the end of the Oakland game proved exactly why. Against mostly third-stringers, Green was targeted 11 times in his 17 pass plays. On the final drive, Green gave up the most yards, which helped the Raiders get a last-second touchdown. Green should get a good test this week, as he faces some promising rookies like Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.

3. WR Calvin Johnson

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3. WR Calvin Johnson

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Calvin Johnson is still the best receiver in the NFL, but Friday's game against Jacksonville will be his first since Week 16 of the 2013 season. Johnson sat out the first two games of the preseason as a precaution. He will look to get back into game shape against a young Jacksonville secondary.

2. DT Nick Fairley

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2. DT Nick Fairley

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Nick Fairley's demotion prior to the start of the Oakland game was reaffirmed today as the former first-round pick was officially listed as a backup. Fairley's offseason has been chaotic at best. He was given a six-month suspended sentence after his 2012 DUI incident, his weight has been a major problem all summer long, and he has only made one solo tackle in two preseason games.

1. RB Reggie Bush

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1. RB Reggie Bush

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Through two preseason games, Joique Bell has been Detroit's best running back, not Reggie Bush. Bell has averaged 4.5 yards per carry while Bush has been held to just 2.0 yards per carry. Bush also has two drops in the passing game, which is reminiscent of his 10 drops from last season. The former USC Trojan hasn't been used much so expect a better performance in extended action against Jacksonville.

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

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