Detroit Lions: What to Watch for in Preseason Game Action

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Detroit Lions: What to Watch for in Preseason Game Action
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The Detroit Lions kick off their four-game preseason slate by hosting Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns this Saturday.

It's the first chance for fans to see free-agent signings like Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo, not to mention the intriguing rookie class featuring Kyle Van Noy and Eric Ebron. 

Saturday's game at Ford Field also marks the Lions coaching debut for Jim Caldwell and the new-look offensive and defensive schemes. While they won't break out all the tricks and wrinkles, expect to see glimpses of how the team will look going forward. 

These two teams face each other every year in the preseason, which offers some familiarity and reference points. The final score doesn't mean anything; it's all about the players and how they perform in the first 2014 taste of enemy combat. 

Here are six things to look for as you watch the game, either on local networks across the Mitten State or on the NFL Network's preseason live package. 

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