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Motor City kitties primed and ready on offense

By Carlos "Big C" Holmes
Cox News Service

Motor City kitties primed and ready on offense

It's no surprise that the Detroit Lions are off to a fast start after defeating the Denver Broncos 20-to-13 in their first preseason match-up Friday night. Watching the team in training camp last week it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the team's sole mission on offense is to strike quickly and for the defense to pounce on opponents early.

Although we didn't get to see much of the high-powered offense in the preseason game, believe me when I tell you that it was full throttle in camp. Ladies and Gentlemen, this was one exciting team to watch.

Greatest Show on Turf Part II

On the first play of 11-on-11 drills, QB Jon Kitna delivered a long strike to WR Roy Williams who beat CB Fernando Bryant on a deep slant and took the ball about 60-yards to the house. Make it 100-yards because Williams just kept rollin' all the way across to another practice field.

The run reminded me of the Monday Night game when Oakland Raiders RB Bo Jackson ran off the field against the Seattle Seahawks after a long touchdown run.

Two plays later Kitna found WR Corey Bradford, who made a nice leaping catch, deep over the middle to keep the chains moving. Kitna flung the ball all over the field with pinpoint accuracy hitting receivers square in the chest. He was 4 for 4 on the drive and would have gone 5 for 5 but a dropped ball by WR Charles Rogers put an end to his perfect streak.

Kitna made a number of great throws on this day but maybe the best one was where he lofted a pass over the outstretched hand of CB Dre Bly for a 20-yard completion to WR Eddie Drummond who tightroped the sideline to make the reception. It was a beautiful touch pass thrown by Kitna.

'Couldn't be better'

Kitna has really excelled in new Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz's offense. He showed good pocket awareness, scrambling ability, a quick-release and good decision-making skills ... all the traits a quarterback must possess in order to be an effective passer in this think-fast offensive scheme.

Kitna talked about what it meant and the challenge of stepping into a Mike Martz style of offense. "I just have to stick with the system," Kitna said. "His [Martz] system has been proven to be successful. Wherever he has been and whatever quarterback he's had in there. I just need to do the things that he asks me to do.

"I think the challenge is something I like," Kitna said. We came in today at 7:30 a.m. and we had to go out for practice at 8:30 a.m. and had 23 new plays on our lockers that we are responsible for right now. So it's a challenge every day, but it's a lot of fun."

Kitna looked like a new man and was enthused about being in Motown.

"Things couldn't be better," Kitna said. "I love coming to work every day and feeling challenged. I feel young again and I'm just really, really, excited."

With all the weapons on offense Kitna will be like a kid in the candy store.

Deep at receiver

Speaking of weapons, the Lions have a lot of depth on offense, mainly at receiver. So much depth that two high first-round picks Rogers and Mike Williams are battling for a roster spot. Rogers, whose days are likely numbered, has been running with the second and third teams, while Williams is trying to knock off WR Mike Furrey, who is listed as the team's No. 3 receiver.

I must say, Williams will have his work cut out for him because Furrey appears to be a player and is a Mike Martz favorite. Furrey can do it all. You name it, offense, defense, special teams, etc. Bottom line, he's a very valuable player.

Furrey showed off his receiving skills by making a number of nice grabs in camp and was the go-to-guy in clutch situations.