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