Detroit Lions 53-man Roster Projection

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The Detroit Lions have completed two of their four preseason games, and it is starting to become more apparent who the Detroit Lions may be keeping on their 53-man roster. Not everyone will be happy with the cuts that will be made. I’m sure that even a few of my predictions will be wrong, but a few guys that have been in the Detroit Lions’ locker room for a few years may not be making the cut.

The Lions’ first team offense and first defense both looked great in both of their preseason contests. Golden Tate put on a show against Oakland, and Matthew Stafford has been nearly perfect thus far. The Lions running game has not been featured as much, but I have a feeling that Joe Lombardi just doesn’t want to wear down his running backs in preseason. Most of the carries have been between Mikel LeShoure, and George Winn, presumably because of their battle for a roster spot.

Kris Durham made up for a lackluster route against Cleveland, and he did it by winning a jump ball for a touchdown. Some people believed that Kris Durham was in danger of not making the cut, but he showed Detroit fans exactly why he fits in on our roster. Durham has chemistry with Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions’ offense, and at 6-foot-6 it would be hard to give up on the kid. He showed what he can do against undersized cornerbacks in Oakland.

The battle for the Detroit Lions’ kicker position is still going strong, and there really is no clear cut favorite to win the job, as of yet. Nate Freese had a bad week, but has otherwise shown tremendous accuracy in drills. Freese 100% kicking field goals his senior year in college, and had an impressive game winner from deep. He struggled at first against Oakland, missing a 33-yard extra point. Freese did a nice job recovering, and hit a 55 yard field goal right through the middle of the uprights.

Georgio Tavecchio has been hot on the heels of Nate Freese the entire preseason, and throughout training camps. He has a powerful leg, but has not shown the consistent accuracy that Freese has. Tavecchio is putting on a spectacular performance this preseason, and hopes that he is close to making the leap over Freese on the depth chart. The Lions will have to pick just one kicker, and the majority of people think that they will end up keeping Georgio Tavecchio.

It is easy to see where the Detroit Lions are going to have some tough choices to make. The Lions’ final 53-man roster will not be released for a few weeks, but here’s what I think that it could end up looking like:

Quarterbacks: 1. Matthew Stafford 2. Dan Orlovsky

Tailbacks: 1. Reggie Bush 2. Joique Bell 3. Theo Riddick 4. George Winn 5. Jed Collins

Receivers: 1. Calvin Johnson 2. Golden Tate 3. Kris Durham 4. Ryan Broyles 5. Jeremy Ross 6. Kevin Ogletree

Tight Ends: 1. Brandon Pettigrew 2. Joseph Fauria 3. Eric Ebron

Offensive Linemen (9): Riley Reiff, Rob Sims, Dominic Raiola, Larry Warford, LaAdrain Waddle, Corey Hilliard, Rodney Austin, Cornelius Lucas, and Travis Swanson

Cornerbacks: 1. Darius Slay 2. Rasheen Mathis 3. Cassius Vaughn 4. Bill Bentley 5. Nevin Lawson 6. Jonte Green

Safeties: 1. James Ihedigbo 2. Glover Quin 3. Don Carey 4. DaJon Gomes

Linebackers: 1. Stephen Tulloch 2. DeAndre Levy 3. Ashlee Palmer 4. Kyle Van Noy 5. Tahir Whitehead

Defensive Linemen (10): Ziggy Ansah, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Jason Jones, Devin Taylor, Larry Webster, C.J. Mosley, Caraun Reid, Darryl Tapp, and George Johnson.

Kicker: Nate Freese

Punter: Sam Martin

Specialist: Don Muhlback

IR: Wide Receiver T.J. Jones

4 thoughts on “Detroit Lions 53-man Roster Projection”

  1. Green will not beat out Greenwood who can actually blanket a WR
    No way you keep Jed Collins over Montell Owens and what he brings
    I would take Fuller over Ogeltree AND Durham, forget the practice
    Rodney Austin is a very risk backup guard, must miss less assignments
    Gomes, Carey are certainly at risk and there is a chance they need 5 Saf
    Tapp and Johnson are still not guaranteed, the production was marginal
    Not expecting any surprises at LB, assuming Palmer can still play ST
    It’s possible but unlikely that Williams, Lucas are ready to make team

  2. 5 WR are likely to make the roster because the 6th WR is Eric Ebron(TE)

    Johnson, Tate, Broyles, Ross, Fuller

    The reason is RAC, separation, speed, versatility
    Broyles could be competing with TJ Jones going forward
    Ross, Tate return kicks well and Fuller has more potential there than Broyles due to speed
    Fuller is tall, fast enough to command double-coverage in time.
    Great young group to develop, grow for the next 3 years
    Durham, Ogeltree both lack a 2nd dimension but should find work

  3. A trade for Dennard Robinson would be a bold move to get a local hero at RB but you would have to give up Leshoure and or something else…. Green can make the team with Greenwood if Bentley loses the nickel role to Vaughn and is cut by surprise! 3rd QB or 6th WR ? I think that the 6th WR could win but Ogeltree appears a favorite over Durham, Fuller only played 1 year of college football and is starting to look too good to ignore in comparison to a 3-year veteran in Durham…. Abdul-Quddus and Jerome Couplin could sneak into the Safety group, possibly be the end for veteran Don Carey….

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