All eyes are on the Detroit Lions as they begin the preseason at Ford Field, on August 9th. Many positions have already bee settled within the Detroit Lions depth chart, but quite a few spots on the roster will be won and lost over the next few preseason games.
Position battles are brewing in positions that recently were not thought of as open. The Detroit Lions wide receiver position is one of the positions that people have not said too much about, but there are definitely position battles brewing. Players like Kris Durham are in danger of losing their spot on the Detroit Lions roster. Jeremy Ross and Kevin Ogletree have both put on phenomenal training camp performances, and some are wondering if that leaves Kris Durham on the outside looking in.
The quarterback position is pretty settled with Matthew Stafford expected to start every game (provided he stay healthy), but James Franklin and Kellen Moore have a position battle brewing of their own. Kellen Moore has even taken Franklin under his wing, and shown him a thing or two about playing quarterback. James Franklin is currently the number four option at quarterback, but could leave Kellen Moore without a spot on the roster at all if he keeps progressing rapidly.
The running back position is another position that has not been talked about much within the Detroit Lions. The Lions have a high level running back tandem in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, but they also have a lot of talent on the back end of the running back position on the depth chart. Theo Riddick put on a show this offseason, and has fellow Detroit Lions players feeling like he may be ready for a bigger role. Mikel Leshoure has battled injuries early on in his career, and some feel that he may not have the same burst of speed that he was known for. Leshoure has given the Detroit Lions coaching staff some food for thought with his training camp, and for now he will remain the Detroit Lions third option at running back.
One Detroit Lions position battle that has everyone waiting for good news is the cornerback position. Darius Slay has only started 4 games in his career, and he is taking on the starting role for good. Many fans are worried about Darius Slay, but his coaches and teammates are not. Everyone within the Detroit Lions organization is holding their faith in Darius Slay. The real questions at cornerback are whether Nevin Lawson and Bill Bentley will fit into the nickleback role well, and how well veterans Cassius Vaughn and Rasheen Mathis lead the younger cornerbacks on the Lions roster.
Finally, the Detroit Lions kicker will be decided in the preseason. They both have a lot of potential to be a great kicker, but the competition is very close. Nate Freese is showing great accuracy, but is not even close to having the power that Giorgio Tavecchio has in his leg. Nate Freese is currently listed as the first kicker on the Detroit Lions roster, and Tavecchio may have a hard time dethroning him. For now, the Detroit Lions feel that the accuracy shown by Freese trumps the power of Tavecchio.
The preseason is not thought of as being important by many people, but the Detroit Lions would beg to differ. There is still a lot of work to be done within the Detroit Lions, and their preseason games will be instrumental in helping the coaching staff make the tough decisions.