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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.

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Ugo Amadi keeps pace as nickel cornerback for the Seahawks; Geno Smith has a terrible night.

LAS VEGAS — In a 20-7 preseason loss to the Raiders on Saturday night, the Seahawks used only a few starters.
This provided sufficient chance for Seattle’s young players to demonstrate their worthiness for a roster place.
Several players did, but others did not. Seattle, like every other NFL team, must trim its roster to 85 players by Tuesday.
Then, on August 1,
It is necessary to reduce the number of players to 80.
The ultimate reduction to 53 active players will take place on August 1st.
On Saturday night, these are the players that raised their stock and those who did not.RisersLB