For teams around the NFL, the first round of roster cuts had to be complete by 4:00 pm this afternoon. For the Lions, the deadline came and went without any real surprises. 13 transactions were made over the last couple of days to get the roster down to 75.
Here are the players who found themselves on the way out of Detroit:
Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, tight end Jacob Maxwell, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tight end Deon Butler, wide receiver Vernon Johnson, running back Desmond Martin, defensive tackle Roy Philon, cornerback Jocquel Skinner, cornerback R.J. Stanford, defensive tackle Erik Williams, wide receiver Andrew Peacock, and linebacker Justin Cherocci. Cornerback Chris Owens was also placed on injured reserve, and as a result, the roster now stands at the required 75 players.
It appears that the battles at wide receiver and linebacker are still the two most intriguing on the team. As it stands now, the receivers remaining on the 75 man roster are Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Corey Fuller, Lance Moore, Jeremy Ross, T.J. Jones, and Greg Salas. It is widely expected that the team will be keeping five receivers on the final roster.
As for the battle at the linebacker position, there are still eight players competing for (what will likely be) six spots. Those players include DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch, Tahir Whitehead, Kyle Van Noy, Travis Lewis, Josh Bynes, Julian Stanford, and Brandon Copeland.
The Lions final pre-season tilt is Thursday evening at Ford Field, as the Buffalo Bills will be in town. The deadline for the final 53 man roster is 4:00 pm Saturday afternoon. As you can tell, the Lions will still have plenty of work to do to decide who makes the team.