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Stafford knows it will take time to learn Bevell’s new system."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsDetroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions QuotesMatthew Stafford gives first impressions of Darrell Bevell’s offense: ‘It is way different’New Marvin Jones Jersey ,91commentsStafford knows it will take time to learn Bevell’s new system. EDTShareTweetShareShareMatthew Stafford gives first impressions of Darrell Bevell’s offense: ‘It is way different’Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY SportsMatthew Stafford has been working diligently this offseason away from the spotlight. Likely out of respect for keeping the privacy regarding the health situation of his wife Kelly, Stafford hasn’t addressed the media since returning to offseason workouts a few weeks ago.On Wednesday night, Stafford broke his silence by joining The Mitch Albom Show at the Taste of the Lions event. It’s a huge year for Stafford. After a disappointing 2018 season, he enters 2019 with a lot of pressure and a new system to learn. And Stafford made no bones about it, the system new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is bringing in is a big change for him and the entire offense. “It is way different,” Stafford admitted. “It is like learning a new language. It really is.”But Stafford is optimistic that the learning process is going well, partially due to Bevell’s teaching methods.“This is my fourth different coordinator and fourth different ‘language’ to learn Kerryon Johnson Jersey , but it’s been good. I think guys are really diving in, and he does a good job of teaching it.”The question is how long it will take. Last year, we saw the Lions’ defensive transition bleed well into the regular season. To say Detroit went through some growing pains in the first month or two of the season would be an understatement. And Stafford knows it’ll take some time for the offense, as well. “It takes a while. It takes reps. It’s not so much time,” Stafford said. Former Lions offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz suggested it takes halfway through the first season for the offense to get into “full efficiency”But Stafford doesn’t seem to agree. He told WJR that he doesn’t even think it will take games to get used to the system. Detroit’s intense practice style should get them ready by the regular season. “I think, obviously, you get a ton of work in practice Amani Oruwariye Detroit Lions Jersey , and, especially the way we practice here—it’s high intensity all the time, it’s game-like situations as much as we can possibly do it—and that really helps us.”The reps will officially begin next week as the Lions begin Phase 3 of the offseason with Organized Team Activities on Monday.Lions-Jets Week 1 snap counts highlight team’s 2nd-round pick failures Here are the snap counts and some observations from the Detroit Lions’ Week 1 game against the New York JetsOffense:QuarterbacksMatthew Stafford: 63 (90%)Matt Cassel: 7 (10%)Running backsTheo Riddick: 41 (59%)Kerryon Johnson: 16 (23%)LeGarrette Blount: 13 (19%)FullbacksNick Bellore: 6 (9%) — 18 (56%)Tight endsLevine Toilolo: 20 (29%) — 5 (16%)Hakeem Valles: 18 (26%)Luke Willson: 14 (20%) — 14 (44%)Michael Roberts: 14 (20%) — 9 (28%)Wide receiversKenny Golladay: 65 (93%)Marvin Jones Jr.: 62 (89%)Golden Tate: 57 (81%)TJ Jones: 17 (24%)Bradley Marquez: 7 (10%)— 18 (56%)Offensive tacklesTaylor Decker: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)Rick Wagner: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)Guards/centersGraham Glasgow: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)Frank Ragnow: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)T.J. Lang: 69 (99%) — 5 (16%)Kenny Wiggins: 1 (1%) — 5 (16%)Observations:The Lions are clearly taking the slow and steady approach with second-round pick Kerryon Johnson. He only played 16 total snaps, and it may have been even less had starter LeGarrette Blount not gotten benched/hurt. Blount did go down with an injury, but the teamlater said they didn’t have an injury to report for Blount. Based on my own observations, it looked like they were subbing in Johnson immediately, before they realized Blount was even hurt. On the play he was injured Amani Oruwariye Jersey 2019 , Blount fumbled the ball—though officials rules his forward progress stopped. All of this is to say that I think Blount was simply benched, not injured, and it may mean more Johnson going forward. Good to see the offensive line finally play an entire game togeth—oh hell... Expectations were low for tight end Luke Willson after an underwhelming training camp. Apparently the coaches saw the same thing, as Willson played in just 14 snaps, the lowest of all four tight ends—tied with Michael Roberts, who has been just as big of a disappointment. DefenseBig Grinefensive endKerry Hyder: 45 (75%) — 7 (22%)Da’Shawn Hand: 32 (53%) — 8 (25%)Ezekiel Ansah: 19 (32%) — 2 (6%)PDefensive tackleRicky Jean Francois: 47 (78%) — 9 (28%)Sylvester Williams: 46 (77%) — 9 (28%)LinebackersJarrad Davis: 58 (97%) — 9 (28%)Devon Kennard: 58 (97%) — 9 (28%)Christian Jones: 27 (45%) — 12 (38%)Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 26 (43%) — 18 (56%)Marquis Flowers: 12 (20%) — 15 (47%)Eli Harold: 9 (15%) — 3 (9%)CornerbacksQuandre Diggs: 58 (97%) — 6 (19%)Nevin Lawson: 56 (93%) — 13 (41%)Darius Slay: 54 (90%) — 10 (31%)Jamal Agnew: 23 (38%) — 17 (53%)Teez Tabor: 2 (3%) — 15 (47%)SafetyTavon Wilson: 47 (78%) — 5 (16%)Glover Quin: 40 (67%) — 8 (25%)Tracy Walker: 1 (2%) — 18 (56%)Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 22 (69%)Charles Washington: 0 (0%) — 18 (56%)Observations:Let’s check in on the Lions’ recent second-round picks... In the past two years, Glover Quin has played 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 67 of 80 games. Either his age is catching up with him or he’ll have a decreased role due to Quandre Diggs’ emergence Color Rush Amani Oruwariye Jersey , but either way he just played 67 percent of snaps on Monday. After scratching A’Shawn, the Lions leaned heavily on their two veteran defensive tackles. Williams (age 29) and Francois (31) both played over 75 percent of snaps. I can’t imagine their bodies can withhold that kind of workload for an entire season. After Ziggy went down early, we mostly saw Kerry Hyder on the right edge. Not exactly a great situation for this defense to be in considering Hyder is coming off a torn Achilles. Special teamsSam Martin: 12 (38%)Don Muhlbach: 8 (25%)Matt Prater: 5 (16%)
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