(ALLEN PARK) -- As training camp enters the final few days, the Detroit Lions got a
welcome sight, the return of three key contributors safety Corey Harris, linebacker Brian
Williams and guard Ray Brown.
To make room for the trio Detroit announced they had released place kicker Mark Jensen,
defensive tackle David Viger and veteran linebacker Chaz Murphy.
Detroit was unable to activate defensive end Kalimba Edwards who remains on PUP. Tackle
Luther Elliss and running back Artose Pinner remain on the Active/NFI (Non-Football
Coach Steve Mariucci talked about building a program and how the Lions need to stay focused on each opponent. He stressed that the team needs to stay on an even keel and not get to high over wins or low over losses.
“We have absolutely forgotten about the Pittsburgh Steelers," said Mariucci. "After last night when we said good-bye to these players and tucked them—bed-check was at 11:15—that game was long gone. Now we’re back to training camp mode. We haven’t started talking about our next game yet. We won’t even start talking about (Cincinnati) until later on in the week. We’re back at it. We’ve got some things to clean up and do better.”
Mariucci talked about one of the things that need to do better; being more accurate and completing a higher percentage of passes. While starter Joey Harrington completed 52% of his passes, going 13 of 25 and one touchdown pass, Mariucci wants to keep more drives alive by getting that up to close to 60%.
"From a production standpoint we needed to be better with our routes, with the timing, with our accuracy, with catching the football, choosing the right guy in the progression. There was handful of times where our quarterbacks would prefer to have gone to the next receiver rather than running with the ball or doing some of that. That’s what I’m talking about, the precision in our passing game. From decision-making to timing to catching the ball, route running at proper depths, exact depths, those are the things that we needed to clean up after that game.”