Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate expected to get extended playing time Friday


The Detroit Lions continue the preseason at 8 p.m. ET Friday vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Here's a couple things to watch for during the game.

Why watch: Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate and most of the rest of the Lions starters should play the majority of the first half -- the last likely glimpse of them until the season opener in San Diego. While Calvin Johnson might not play, watching for who receives the majority of first-team work in his absence will be a key to who ends up on the roster at receiver behind Johnson and Tate.

Did you know: There are a bunch of local ties with the Jaguars for Lions fans. Receiver Allen Robinson grew up in metro Detroit and running back Denard Robinson was a quarterback at Michigan. This is also the second straight year the dress rehearsal game will be against Jacksonville. According to Vito Stellino from Jacksonville.com, Blake Bortles hasn't thrown an interception yet this preseason. It will be interesting to see if Detroit brings pressure on Bortles and forces the second-year quarterback into a mistake.