2011 Detroit Lions Preseason: Who Will Be Taking the Snaps Against Cincinnati?

Brenda SummersCorrespondent IIAugust 12, 2011

ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 01: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass during the morning practice session at the Lions training facility on August 1, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Leon Halip/Getty Images

The day is finally here.  In a mere few hours, the Detroit Lions will be back on Ford Field hosting their first preseason game of the year against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Head coach Jim Schwartz will likely begin the game with the expected starters, so we'll get to see Matthew Stafford in action again, which we haven't seen since November 7, 2010.  He'll get in as many reps as Schwartz is comfortable with and then be replaced by Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton

We may even get a chance to see Zac Robinson under center, which would be his first game action as a Detroit Lion.  Robinson was picked up right after Stafford's final injury in November against the Jets but didn't take a single snap on the field.

I can't imagine anyone not feeling just a little anxious about the possibility of Stafford getting injured in the preseason.  But I agree that it's a good idea to get him out there, especially since this offseason's practice time with the team was so limited. 

He's not Tom Brady (yet) and needs to get the extra playing time in.  He also needs to show that he can take hits this year without getting seriously injured.

This is Stafford's year to show everyone just how good he truly is.

It should also be interesting to see how well Hill and Stanton play.  They both stepped up last year.  If Stanton can continue to improve his performance, he may be in line to take over the second QB position from Hill next year.


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