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Insiders Stephen Holder and Dave Birkett talk about the Detroit Lions’ preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Aug. thirteen, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lions’ second-yr defensive lineman batted down 2 passes Sunday vs. the Colts

Some individuals have a nostril for the soccer. A’Shawn Robinson has a hand for it.

Robinson led all NFL rookies with seven deflected passes on the line of scrimmage final season, and the defensive deal with confirmed that is nonetheless an enormous a part of his recreation Sunday when he swatted down two balls within the Lions’ exhibition-opening victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

“He was disruptive,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell stated after apply in the present day. “He definitely acquired his ordinary tip within the recreation. However he was lively, too. I imply, he’s shifting round and shifting round nicely.”

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Robinson was not officially credited with a tackle in about a quarter of action Sunday, but he had a nice pass rush to gift-wrap a sack for undrafted rookie defensive end Alex Barrett.

After logging two sacks as a part-time starter last year, rushing the passer has been one focus of Robinson’s this summer.

“All my game, honestly, is the next step,” Robinson said. “Working on getting better in the run and of course getting better at getting after the quarterback play in and play out. Just getting off those blocks and making those plays. You can always get there, put the lineman in his lap by getting off blocks and making those plays.”

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Briefly: The Lions held just a short walk-through today, but tight ends Eric Ebron, Khari Lee and Tim Wright, defensive end/linebacker Brandon Copeland and safeties Don Carey and Alex Carter were among those who did not participate.

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