Monday, August 26, 2013
'Morning Roar' means end of days for BBAO
By Kevin Seifert
We're (no longer) Black and Blue All Over:
We came, we saw, we conquered and now we're splitting into fiefdoms.
As of Monday morning, Black and Blue All Over as we know it is no longer.
As you know by now, ESPN's expansion of its NFL Nation network means there will be a dedicated team reporter for each NFL team. Their work has been appearing on our divisional blogs but eventually will move to their own team pages, and the transition continues Monday with four separate morning links posts
Reporters have been hired to cover the Green Bay Packers (Rob Demovsky), Chicago Bears (Michael C. Wright / Jeff Dickerson) and Minnesota Vikings (Ben Goessling). I'll continue to post on the Lions until a hire is made there, and we'll start with what I'll call the Morning Roar:
- The Lions traded fourth-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Chris White, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Whether the Lions keep Kellen Moore as the No. 3 quarterback remains uncertain. White is a good special-teams player.
- Safety Louis Delmas on the 12 preseason snaps he played last Thursday, via Birkett: "I think that performance was more satisfaction for me, self satisfaction. Not really physically, it's all mentally for me. Like I said, I haven't played football since the last game of the season last year and I was very anxious to get out there being that I haven't really participated in camp like that. It's very satisfying."
- Joique Bell is making a strong case to be the Lions' No. 2 tailback, writes Kyle Meinke of Mlive.com. I agree. His legs seem livelier than Mikel Leshoure's.
- Lions center Dominic Raiola has been able to maintain his intentional offseason weight gain (15-20 pounds) during training camp, writes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
- The Lions aren't concerned about the unsettled nature of their offensive line, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
- Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah took a hard hit to the head in Saturday's practice and then left Sunday's workout during stretching, notes McCosky. Coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't say whether Ansah had suffered a concussion.