In a preseason game, the Detroit Lions were humiliated by Jacksonville Jaguars in a 7-25 game in front of more than 45000 fans at Ford Field.
Detroit’s coaching staff again decided to sit many of its first-stringers, including the entire starting offensive line unit. They had rookies suited up.
Early in the contest, both Chase Cota and Starling Thomas had long returns against the Jaguars.
Starling Thomas returned a kickoff 37 yards to give Detroit’s offense solid field position, after the Jaguars took the early 3-0 lead.
Bridgewater was 5-for-11 for 34 yards, and was off target on multiple throws.
Cam Sutton, Jerry Jacobs and C.J. Gardner-Johnson sat against a Jaguars offense that was willing to take some deep shots in the first half.
Detroit’s offense only recorded four first downs and 48 total yards the entire first half.
Linebacker Jack Campbell was among the rookies who suited up at Ford Field and he had e things to say about the match.
“I would say the workload is about what we expected or hoped for at this point. There’s a reason we drafted them. We thought they would get it sooner than later, and they’ve done a good job.”
“There’s things every day that you see growth and them getting better, and (Jahmyr) Gibbs is playing faster every day, which is encouraging but yet there’s also these, ‘Ah,’ and that comes with being a rookie.”