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09/07/13Author: Kyle Meineke - Mlive

Willie Young focused with 2 big sacks

Willie Young focused with 2 big sacks

Willie Young got a little perspective after the New England preseason game after talking with receiver Nate Burleson before the 35-13 win at Buffalo in the preseason finale.

Lions DE Willie Young, right, talks with New England QB Tom Brady after a game in which he received a personal foul for taunting Brady. 

"Nate did a little pregame speech about him blowing his knee out a year and a half ago," Young said after the game, when asked about the taunting penalty. "He just mentioned, play like you belong here. Like you're supposed to be here. Don't just come out and go through the motions, because you never know when your last snap will be.

"He's always got a message to deliver. Fourth preseason game, he came with calls of really a touching, effective speech. Don't take this stuff for granted. That's what tonight was."

Young had an impactful preseason, racking up two sacks, one QB hit, seven QB hurries, one pass batted and four tackles in just 83 snaps.

But he also drew the most scrutinized penalty of the preseason when he hit Brady in the third game against the Patriots. He didn't let go after the whistle, then pointed a finger in Brady's facemask and said something.

He was benched for the play.

Young avenged himself last week against Buffalo, though. He started for rookie Ezekiel Ansah, who is believed to have suffered a head injury, and responded by sacking Matt Leinart twice and hurrying him another time in just 17 snaps.

Most impressively to coach Jim Schwartz, he showed restraint, even after taking a cheap shot in the game.

"The most impressive thing Willie did was he walked away from a shot he took," Schwartz said. "I thought that showed major improvement for him."

Young also had a productive preseason last year, but did little during the regular season. He's confident this year will be different.

"Just come out and just polish up my game," he said. "Couple little things I wanted to sharpen up. Decent game to end off preseason and transition to regular season when this stuff really counts.

"I'll be ready, man. You know that."

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