This time of year is arguably the most difficult time of year for first year head coach Jim Caldwell. Cutting 22 players is draining on coach, and his coaching staff. The Detroit Lions have a lot of young talent on their roster, and because of that a few guys that have been around in the locker room for a few years have departed. The Lions cut 22 players today, but their 53-man roster was born.
One of the most surprising names to make the cut list was wide receiver Kris Durham. Durham has been a red zone threat for Detroit, in the past, but failed to make an impression in the preseason. The Lions wide receivers are a very talented bunch, and Corey Fuller was able to dethrone Kris Durham to make the team. Corey Fuller was a dark horse to make the 53-man roster, but he pulled it off. His routes were crisp, and his hands were very good. Hopefully, we continue to see Corey Fuller develop into a talented wide receiver.
Ryan Broyles was also considered a dark horse by many to make the Detroit Lions team. He has struggled with injuries almost his entire career, and because of that nobody has really kept much stock in Broyles. Early on in training camp, it was clear that his Detroit Lions’ teammates and their coaching staff was on Broyles’ side. He was able to string together 4 quality preseason performances, and help to dethrone Kris Durham. Andrew Peacock and Patrick Edwards were the other two wide receivers who dd not make the cut.
Another shocking cut that the Lions made was defensive tackle Andre Fluellen. Fluellen has been a very good option for the Detroit Lions off of the bench, but today was the day that run came to an end. No doubt about it, Andre Fluellen would be a great addition to a lot of teams around the NFL. The Lions also cut defensive tackles Xavier Proctor, and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.
Mikel LeShoure has likely played his last game as a Detroit Lion. The Lions decided to part ways with their former 2nd round draft pick, and they also parted ways with running back George Winn. It was highly speculated that Winn and LeShoure were battling for a roster spot during the Lions’ final preseason win at Buffalo, but that speculation has been laid to rest. The Detroit Lions felt that neither were going to be long term roster options.
Nate Ness could not make the team at safety, despite having two interceptions during the preseason. The Lions also parted ways with cornerback Chris Greenwood. There is always a chance that the Lions have their sights set on finding defensive back help through the waiver wires. The Detroit secondary played very good in the preseason, but they still have a lot of doubters. Another solid veteran coming in could really shift the momentum of the Lions’ secondary.
With all of the cuts being made, the Lions were able to put together a good looking 53-man roster.
Quarterback – 1. Matthew Stafford 2. Dan Orlovsky 3. Kellen Moore
Tailback – 1. Reggie Bush 2. Joique Bell 3. Theo Riddick
Fullback – 1. Jed Collins 2. Montell Owens
Wide Receiver – 1. Calvin Johnson 2. Golden Tate 3. Jeremy Ross 4. Ryan Broyles 5. Corey Fuller 6. Kevin Ogletree
Tight End – 1. Brandon Pettigrew 2. Joseph Fauria 3. Eric Ebron
Offensive Linemen – Dominic Raiola, Travis Swanson, Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle, Corey Hilliard, Cornelius Lucus, Rob Sims, and Larry Warford.
Defensive End – 1. Ziggy Ansah 2. Jason Jones 3. Devin Taylor 4. Larry Webster 5. George Johnson
Defensive Tackle – 1. Ndamukong Suh 2. C.J. Mosley 3. Nick Fairley 4. Caraun Reid
Linebacker – 1. DeAndre Levy 2. Stephen Tulloch 3. Tahir Whitehead 4. Ashlee Palmer 5. Travis Lewis 6. Kyle Van Noy
Cornerback – 1. Darius Slay 2. Rasheen Mathis 3. Bill Bentley 4. Cassius Vaughn 5. Nevin Lawson
Safety – 1. Glover Quin 2. James Ihedigbo 3. Don Carey 4. Isa Abdul-Quddus 5. Jerome Couplin
Kicker – Nate Freese
Punter – Sam Martin
Long Snapper – Don Muhlbach