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Offensive upgrades have Lions optimistic

Updated: August 2, 2004, 10:59 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The numbers didn't work for Lions quarterback Joey Harrington last year.

His starting halfback and only hope of a running game, James Stewart, was lost before the start of the season. First-round choice Charles Rogers missed 11 games. Injuries and bad hands had Harrington standing in the pocket throwing to receivers low on the depth chart.

"We had too many throws last year (588 in 16 games) and for a young quarterback that is too much," Lions coach Steve ...

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