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Meet some of the Detroit Lions’ newest players

Every season it seems as though all 32 NFL teams have at least a few fresh faces on their roster. For the Detroit Lions, the upcoming 2016 campaign provides plenty of new faces on their respective roster. Ranging from both the offensive and defensive side of the football, the new additions the Lions have can surely help the team at the positions they play. Having a solid depth core to your roster is something all teams like having. You want guys that can give this or that guy a break every now and then and still be able to produce at a high level.

Let’s take a look at some of the newest members on the Detroit Lions’ roster for the upcoming 2016 season.

A’Shawn Robinson

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Born: March 21, 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas

Position: Defensive Tackle

Drafted: Round two, pick 46 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama by the Detroit Lions

NFL team(s) played for: Detroit Lions *rookie season*

Lions Outlook: The Lions drafted A’Shawn Robinson to be an anchor along side Haloti Ngata on the inside of the defensive line. He’s extremely powerful and can catch onto new things very quickly. He’ll need to get better with his quickness and his ability to gain leverage on an opposing offensive lineman. If Robinson works hard and continues to improve his game, there is no reason why he can’t be an All-Pro in the NFL.

Anquan Boldin

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Born: October 3, 1980 in Pahokee, Florida

Position: Wide receiver

Drafted: Round two, pick 54 overall in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Florida State University by the Arizona Cardinals

NFL team(s) played for: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers

Lions Outlook: Anquan Boldin can help any team in the NFL at the wide receiver position. Yes, he has logged quite a few miles in the league, but he still has many qualities that are essential in order to keep playing professional football. He’s still got some of the best hands in the league, he runs great routes, he’s a competitor and most importantly, he’s a great locker room presence and just a great guy to have on your football team. Many have said that Boldin is a great football player, but one thing that goes unnoticed is just how great of a person he really is. Look for Boldin to contribute right out of the gate in Week 1 when the 2016 campaign kicks off. His free agent signing will be one of the more ‘underrated’ signings this off-season.

Taylor Decker

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Born: August 23, 1994 in Vandalia, Ohio

Position: Offensive tackle

Drafted: Round one, pick 16 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State University by the Detroit Lions

NFL team(s) played for: Detroit Lions *rookie season*

Lions Outlook: Taylor Decker was drafted to be the Lions’ left tackle of the future. The Riley Reiff experiment didn’t go as planned, so Detroit decided to select Decker with their first round pick in draft this year. Decker will be looked upon to really lock down the left tackle spot and protect Matthew Stafford. Having the likes of Ziggy Ansah on the defensive side of the ball in practice everyday should surely help Decker with his progression to the NFL. He’s got great size, strength, and quick feet to be a starting left tackle in the league. We’ll see how things go, but Decker will have quite a few sets of eyes on him at all times this coming season.

Wallace Gilberry

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Born: December 5, 1984 in Bay Minette, Alabama

Position: Defensive end

Drafted: Went undrafted in the 2008 out of the University of Alabama

NFL team(s) played for: New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals

Lions Outlook: Wallace Gilberry was signed to provide depth at the defensive line position. Look for Gilberry to be that rotational defensive lineman that comes in on certain packages week in and week out.

Graham Glasgow

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Born: August 19, 1992 in Aurora, Illinois

Position: Center

Drafted: Round three, pick 95 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan by the Detroit Lions

NFL team(s) played for: Detroit Lions *rookie season*

Lions Outlook: Graham Glasgow will compete with Travis Swanson for the starting center job. All signs point to Swanson winning the battle, but Glasgow’s willingness to work hard and become the best player is can possibly be, you never know what could happen.

Marvin Jones

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Born: March 12, 1990 in Los Angeles, California

Position: Wide receiver

Drafted: Round five, pick 166 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of California-Berkeley by the Cincinnati Bengals

NFL team(s) played for: Cincinnati Bengals

Lions Outlook: Marvin Jones was signed to help fill the void left when Calvin Johnson decided to officially hang up his pads. With the signing of Boldin, a little pressure is taken off Jones in his first season with the Lions. He’ll be looked at to be that downfield threat in the offense as he possesses great speed and route running abilities. Golden Tate will more than likely be looked at as the Lions’ number one receiver as Jones should see himself as the number two receiver on the depth chart. Both he and the newly acquired Boldin should alternate their roles throughout the season.

Miles Killebrew

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Born: May 10, 1993 in Henderson, Nevada

Position: Safety

Drafted: Round four, pick 111 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Southern Utah University by the Detroit Lions

NFL team(s) played for: Detroit Lions *rookie season*

Lions Outlook: Miles Killebrew has a golden opportunity in front of him. He could very well be the starting safety, along side Glover Quin when week one of the 2016 NFL campaign gets underway. He’ll compete with Tavon Wilson and Rafael Bush for the starting strong safety spot. Killebrew can hit like nobody’s business and has very good speed. He works hard, never gives up on a play and can be a really impact player on the football field. Even if he doesn’t end up getting the starting spot at strong safety, he’ll play a vital role on special teams and be inserted in certain defensive packages on the Lions’ defense.

Stevan Ridley

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Born: January 27, 1989 in Natchez, Mississippi

Position: Running back

Drafted: Round three, pick 73 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft out of LSU by the New England Patriots

NFL team(s) played for: New England Patriots and New York Jets

Lions Outlook: Stevan Ridley will likely see himself as the third running back listed on the Lions’ depth chart behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Ridley has great speed and an underrated power element to his game. He’s rushed for 1000+ yards in his NFL career once before, that in itself shows he has the ability to be a workhorse and carry the ball effectively. Ridley will surely be involved in the running game this season, maybe not as much as he’d like to be, but he’ll have his opportunities to contribute.

Jake Rudock

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Born: January 21, 1993 in Miami, Florida

Position: Quarterback

Drafted: Round six, pick 191 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan by the Detroit Lions

NFL team(s) played for: Detroit Lions *rookie season*

Lions Outlook: Jake Rudock will compete with veteran Dan Orlovsky for the backup quarterback spot on the depth chart. The Lions have carried three quarterbacks in the past, but last season really only had Stafford and Orlovsky on the roster for the 2015 campaign. Orlovsky looks to be the front-runner to landed the backup gig, but you never know, the Lions might opt to keep Rudock on as a third quarterback and let him soak up some valuable information on the sidelines.

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