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5 surprising Detroit Lions on the roster bubble

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WR T.J. Jones

This could be a huge overreaction to one week of preseason, but T.J. Jones severely disappointed and was outplayed by many supposed inferior receivers. Andre Roberts, Jeremy KerleyJace Billingsley, and Quinshad Davis all made plays against the Pittsburg Steelers while Jones had one catch that ended with a fumble.

If it’s any consolation for Jones, the darkhorse favorite Jay Lee also had an underwhelming performance in week 1– only further convoluting the backup receiver picture.

Behind the top three wideouts of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Anquan Boldin, the last two spots are wide open. Usually, special teams value will be the determining factor in separating the wheat from the chaff, but not so fast. So far, just about every receiver has been contributing in some fashion on specials, rather it be as a gunner or returner.

Jones is still in good shape, but if he can’t outplay three of the five WR candidates in the coming weeks, the promising slot receiver could be shown the door.

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