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Dan Campbell notices Derrick Barnes and Tom Kennedy on the Lions’ risers and fallers list; is Tim Boyle still QB2?

Preseason football’s goals are to adequately evaluate a roster against live competition and to avoid any potentially devastating injuries.
On both counts, the Lions won in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Head coach Dan Campbell rested many of his regulars, primarily as a precaution, allowing players vying for second- and third-team spots to face the Steelers starters.
It was nasty for a while, with Detroit falling behind 20-0 at halftime, which could have been much worse. But the Lions rallied in the second half, eventually pulling within 6 points.
Several players stood out for their efforts on the way to the 26-20 loss, both in good and terrible ways.
The second round of preseason risers and fallers is as follows:RisersA.J.
Parker, CBIn this year’s draft guide, Dane Brugler graded the Kansas State product as the 52nd-best cornerback prospect.
Parker had too many “negative drills in run support,” according to the scouting report, but “may be enough to survive in the NFL if he can improve his tackling and physicality.” Parker led the Lions with eight tackles (on 30 defensive reps) in their second preseason game.
At this point, it appears he’ll do more than just “survive” in the NFL; he’s started both games as Detroit’s slot corner, and he doesn’t appear willing to relinquish that role. “A.J., great,” said linebacker Derrick Barnes on Saturday night.
“An undrafted player”
Day one has everything under control.