Morning Expresso: The Matrix, Lions, Hoyer, Pistons and Brock Lesnar

by Johnathon Gustin

  • Veteran small forward, Shawn Marion, has agreed to a contract in principle with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. The Cavs continue to add talent at all positions (Lebron James, Mike Miller, James Jones, and Marion now) and are almost a lock to win a the Eastern Conference with the Pacers losing Paul George to season ending injury and Lance Stephenson to free agency.

  • The Detroit Lions lost to the Oakland Raiders 27-26 in their second NFL preseason game. All three quarterbacks for Detroit looked sharp, especially Dan Orlovsky who was in a little bit of hot water for his poor performance Preseason Game 1 against the Browns where he was 12-23 passing,  89 yards and a QB rating of 61.7. Kellen Moore’s performanced looked like he might have been pushing to be Detroit’s primary backup QB after going 11-13 passing, 121 yards and the Lions’ lone touchdown in their win over the Browns 13-12. In Preseason Game 2 against the Raiders, Orlovsky was 8-12 passing, 153 yards and a 109.7 QB rating. With previous ties to head coach Jim Caldwell, playing under him in Indianapolis, Orlovsky has locked down the backup QB position. The only remaining question for the Lions quarterback depth, will they keep two or three on their 53 man roster?

  • Not to be overlooked, Lions starting QB Matthew Stafford was very sharp against the Raiders going 9-10 passing, 88 yards and two touchdowns. One to Golden Tate and the other to his former roommate at the University of Georgia, Kris Durham. Take all these stats against Oakland with sizeable pinch of salt. In 2013 the Raiders were 28th in passing yards allowed (255.8 yards per game) and 29th in points allowed (28.3 points per game).

  • No new updates on the Greg Monroe contract situation since it was reported that he will sign the $5.3 million qualifying offer. Possible options for Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy are to try to resign Monroe in 2015, trade him before the December deadline, or part ways next summer and spend his cap space on free agents who better fit Van Gundy’s coach style.  

  • Tonight the Cleveland Browns take on the Washington Redskins in Monday Night Football at 8 p.m. on ESPN. This could have an interesting dynamic having two former Michigan State quarterbacks take the field at various points in the game. Brian Hoyer will start tonight for the Browns and Kirk Cousins is the backup for Robert Griffin III for Washington.

  • Lastly, WWE Summer Slam took place last night in Los Angeles and was a rather enjoyable card. The highlight of the night was former UFC Champion, Brock Lesnar, defeating John Cena in a brutal, 16 minute match that was completely one sided in Lesnar’s favor. Lesnar is the only person to ever win the UFC Championship and WWE Championship. No reports have made to news sites concerning John Cena’s health. Pro-wrestling is fake and the matches are predetermined but most of the moves are not and Lesnar is one of the most physical performers in the business. At Wrestlemania 30, Mark Calaway known as “The Undertaker” was taken to the hospital for observation for a possible concussion and neck injury after his match with Lesnar that ended the “The Streak” at 21-1.

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