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Florence already taking first-team reps with Lions

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Proving yet again that one team’s trash can be another team’s treasure, cornerback Drayton Florence is taking first-team reps in practice with the Lions, only three days after getting the boot from the Broncos.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press, Florence filled in at right corner for Chris Houston, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle.

“I was shocked, but he’s out there making calls,” linebacker Justin Durant said, via Birkett. “He’s been playing a long time, he knows what he’s doing.  I’ve got confidence in him.  Everybody here knows who he is so once he gets our terminology down I know he’s going to be good.”

“He’s a veteran player,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “He’s played inside, he’s played outside. He’s got a lot of experience.  Can play press.  He’s got some multi-dimensional skills that we like and like I said he’s very experienced.  He didn’t make it at Denver, but he had a good career before that and we look forward to having him contribute for us.”

It’s an upgrade the Lions desperately needed, given the manner in which they were torched by the Saints in the postseason.  And it fell out of the sky on Friday, after the Broncos surprisingly cut ties with a player to whom they cut a $1.5 million check when he signed earlier this year.

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25 Responses to “Florence already taking first-team reps with Lions”
  1. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:12 PM

    Great pickup Mayhew

  2. xstaticonradio says: Sep 3, 2012 8:13 PM

    Get used to multiple pass interference flags every game, Lions fans

  3. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 3, 2012 8:28 PM

    If a guy that was just picked up is starting for your team within three days of being let go by another team, it really shows just how bad your team is.

    I don’t know how this team wins more than 8 games this year.

  4. goodluckking says: Sep 3, 2012 8:50 PM

    “If a guy that was just picked up is starting for your team within three days of being let go by another team, it really shows just how bad your team is.

    I don’t know how this team wins more than 8 games this year.”

    He is immediately starting because both of the two starting corners are out injured. Corner is definitely an issue with this team, however they still have a very good defense (Line and Backers) and an offense that averages 30 points a game, so that’s how they can win over 8 games this year.

  5. thetokyosandblaster says: Sep 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    Interesting.

    Does a “pretty good” defense normally allow 24 points per game, good enough for 23rd out of 32 teams?

  6. liondoc says: Sep 3, 2012 9:12 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:Sep 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    “Interesting.

    Does a “pretty good” defense normally allow 24 points per game, good enough for 23rd out of 32 teams?”

    Hope you have comments to post on lions stories when all this year’s games have been played. 11 and 5 FOR THE LEOS
    PS have the b*lls to indicate which team YOU support in your tag

  7. suhdidntstompanyone says: Sep 3, 2012 9:13 PM

    thetokyosandblaster-your reading comprehension must not be that great. did you understand the part about Chris Houston, the starter, being injured?
    You’re obviously just trolling and talking trash but I will remind you that with our extremely potent offense it really won’t matter if we give up 24 points a game.
    You should go to bed you’re obviously up past your bedtime.

  8. mjkelly77 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:14 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:Sep 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    Interesting.

    Does a “pretty good” defense normally allow 24 points per game, good enough for 23rd out of 32 teams?
    _____________________

    Even more interesting.

    The NY Giants gave up more yardage and more points per game than the Lions did. And I seem to remember that they won the Super Bowl.

  9. goodluckking says: Sep 3, 2012 9:15 PM

    even if you’re not a fantasy football guy, it is interesting that the NFL Network has been running top 5 at each position and the Detroit team defense is listed as the third best.

    So somebody out there thinks they’re going to be pretty good this year

  10. easyeddie says: Sep 3, 2012 9:42 PM

    When their offense scores 29 per game, 24 per against is good enough.

  11. thcnote says: Sep 3, 2012 9:43 PM

    Broncos surprisingly cut ties with a player to whom they cut a $1.5 million check when he signed earlier this year.
    ———
    It was only a surprise if you didn’t watch him play in the preseason. Dude was awful.

  12. dsburke4 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:54 PM

    He didn’t say “pretty good defense” he said “pretty good team”. And yes ranking 23rd in defense can still win you championships. Look at the packers and saints rankings before you start lambasting the Lions, not to mention the fact that yes our two starting corners are hurt….

  13. staffordsyear says: Sep 3, 2012 10:14 PM

    Hopefully this is a comeback year for florence given that hes got one of the top D-lines in the league in front of him. He will see plenty of opportunitys for ints.

  14. suhdidntstompanyone says: Sep 3, 2012 10:15 PM

    you sensors are real tough guys again tonight. someday I hope I can be half the tough guy that you obviously are.
    enjoy your cubicle I’m going to go watch Georgia Tech Virginia Tech.
    Have a really, really bad night.

  15. ee00ee says: Sep 3, 2012 10:24 PM

    let’s be clear here tho, it’s not like he walked in as starter. It’s said he took SOME first team reps, and those in absence of the regular starter. To get an idea of what’s going on it would also be good to know who else took 1st team reps (on the outside) today. I bet at least 3 other guys did too. So don’t read too much into it…

  16. seanje says: Sep 3, 2012 10:35 PM

    Where’s Aaron Berry when you need him?

  17. jesterrecordz says: Sep 3, 2012 10:44 PM

    mugging old women?

  18. funktron2x says: Sep 3, 2012 10:44 PM

    God, Tokyo. Will you ever stop? You’re like a broken record stuck on screeching death metal, lol. Anyway, one truly weak spot on that D, and Florence is the guy to fill the spot. I feel a lot better about that than I know you do with rookies being asked to fill the giant void at “PASS RUSHER” the Packers are saddled with.

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 3, 2012 10:55 PM

    Aaron Berry is suspended, even if they wanted him now.

  20. hyzers says: Sep 3, 2012 11:00 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 3, 2012 8:56 PM
    Interesting.

    Does a “pretty good” defense normally allow 24 points per game, good enough for 23rd out of 32 teams?

    ——————————————

    Not usually but they did force 38 turnovers including five pick-6′s.

    That’s pretty good. All the back end has to do is stay healthy and the Lions will have a pretty good defense. That’s why they are rated 3rd in fantasy football last year.

  21. sbdt says: Sep 4, 2012 12:07 AM

    I like the idea of a competitive Detroit team but their showing in the playoffs last year was abysmal. I don’t know what they’ve done in the off season to earn a top 5 ranking. Seems ludicrous.

  22. cuzz4169 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:48 AM

    I watched him in preseason for the broncos, he looked absolutely terrible (Broncos fan who lives in Buffalo) He was terrible in Buffalo last year also….Lions fans you can give me a thumbs down…but make sure to come back in 5 weeks and change it to a thumbs up!

  23. jamesmatthiascox says: Sep 4, 2012 1:41 AM

    I loved Drayton Florence…I am happy for him…I also love Buddy Nix…We have a good bit of depth at CB but with Ron Brooks and Terrence McGee being hurt…I feel as though he was over-zealous about releasing him…Tough, physical corner…Miss him

  24. garrison1981 says: Sep 4, 2012 3:52 AM

    Haters gonna hate! Uck em’! Lions will do there thing! We are who we thought we were! ;)

  25. joerymi says: Sep 4, 2012 10:28 PM

    Zero depth in the defensive backfield? Well obviously in that situation you use a 2nd round pick on a WR. Pfft, duh.

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