OPPOSING VIEWS: Young Set to Return For Lions

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August 26, 2011 at 10:13am ET

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While putting this morning's Patriots links together, here are some interesting articles I came across out of Detroit from the Lions point of view:

Kevin Seifert who covers the AFC North for ESPN has an article on the fact that Lions rookie receiver Titus Young could see action against the Patriots tomorrow night.  Young has been battling a hamstring injury but appears finally ready to return.

NRToday.com has another article on Young, who sounds excited to make his debut tomorrow night.

Detroit News anchor Tom Layden had an interesting Tweet last night, pointing out that Alphonso Smith said that the Lions picked a 'pistol fight' with the wrong guys in Brady and Bill Belichick.

According to MLive.com Detroit's Chris Avril apparently isn't a fan of the nickname 'Silver Crush', which is what they're calling the Lions defensive line.

Carlos Monnarez of the Detroit Free Press writes that while Brady may be a 'pretty boy', the Lions still respect him.

I pointed out a mention yesterday about the fact Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said there's a big touchdown celebration planned for this season.  However, according to an entry on the Lions official site, Johnson is claiming that it's actually going to be Nate Burleson, not him, who will be doing the celebrating.

There's also a good profile this morning in the Detroit Free press on defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who at 32 years old has already done a great job working up from the college ranks into the NFL - and he's the brilliant mind behind the Lions tenacious pass rush.
"I tried to study, study, study and then once I got into the small(-college) ranks I kept up with (former Titans line coach) Jim Washburn throughout the years," Kocurek said. "He'd send me tape, and I'd go visit him, and it just kind of all panned out in the end, and I'm here now. I feel very fortunate to be here because just going through the small ranks you see a lot of great coaches that don't get the opportunity, but you know they're really good coaches."

Fans may remember former Patriots wide receiver Shawn Jefferson, who was a big part of New England's passing attack in the latter years of Drew Bledsoe's career.  If you're a fan, there's a good profile on him in the Detroit Free Press this morning that you may want to check out.

And finally, the Detroit News has an article on Brady, with the Lions pass rush not afraid of facing off against him