Lions already going young

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
In addition to swapping a number of veterans in and out of the starting lineup, the Detroit Lions are looking for ways to get their top two draft picks on the field in the wake of last Sunday's 34-21 loss at Atlanta.

Offensive coordinator Jim Colletto told Michigan reporters Thursday that first-round draft pick Gosder Cherilus will get some playing time Sunday against Green Bay, presumably in relief of starting right tackle George Foster. Second-round draft pick Jordon Dizon is also likely to rotate with starting middle linebacker Paris Lenon, coach Rod Marinelli said Wednesday.

Neither Cherilus nor Dizon blew anyone away during training camp, but given the sudden state of affairs in Detroit, now seems as good a time as any to get them on the field.

Perhaps this has all served as our odd-ball introduction to the Lions. But from the outside, at least, we don't get the sudden panic the team seems to be in. The Lions were riding high a week ago, having emerged from a 4-0 preseason with a lineup they appeared confident in and committed to. Now, after one loss -- albeit a horrendous one -- they are moving to Plan B with record speed.