What to Watch for: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills

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Tonight is an exciting night for Detroit Lions‘ fans. It is the final preseason game, and in just over a week the NFL season kicks off. Detroit needs this final preseason game to make some of the toughest decisions that come out of the preseason; who gets cut? The Lions have a pretty good thing going on offense and on first team defense, however these cuts will determine how much depth the Lions really have. Several players still remain on the roster bubble, and need this game at Buffalo to earn their place on the 53-man roster. Mikel LeShoure, Kellen Moore, Mohammed Seisay, and Ryan Broyles all have a little bit more to prove to their coaching staff. Football is a game that only lasts for 17 weeks, and then playoffs. For these young players, it is a year round struggle to try to better themselves and their team. Mikel LeShoure is slowly getting back to the runner we have thought he could be. For the most part, LeShoure has had great hands in his career. He only has 3 lost fumbles in all of 17 regular season games, and 14 of those he started. Many Lions fans do not expect him to make the roster over George Winn, because of Winn’s heroic approach to running the football and playing special teams. LeShoure could solidify his place on the Detroit Lions’ roster with a good performance tonight, but arguably so could George Winn. This is one position battle that will come right down to the wire. Tonight, LeShoure and Winn will be competing with each other, as well as Buffalo. Kellen Moore is decidedly the 3rd string quarterback for the Detroit Lions, and head coach Jim Caldwell is not quite sure that he will even keep three active quarterbacks on the roster. It does not look as is Kellen Moore will be active, so far. Moore is practice squad eligible, and unless he puts on a clinic at the quarterback position against Buffalo, then he may be the Lions’ practice squad quarterback. The decision whether or not to keep 3 quarterbacks active could come down to how well Moore performs in Buffalo. Mohammed Seisay is an undrafted free agent defensive back that has the potential to play two positions. He can play both cornerback and safety, but that may not quite be enough to keep him on the Lions’ roster. Nevin Lawson is much more skilled at the cornerback and nickleback positions, so that leaves Seisay on the outside looking in. He has been trying to make his presence felt on special teams, but it may not be enough to keep him around. The Lions are reportedly shopping for help at defensive back, so this makes the fact that Seisay could be cut soon an even bigger possibility. Regardless of what happens with Seisay, he will be needed his first season to develop further. Therefore, he may be more useful amongst the members of the practice squad. Despite Ryan Broyles‘ coming out party this preseason, he still has a lot of people doubting his ability to make the Lions team. Broyles leads all Lions in receiving yards this preseason, and he has even showed a good ability to get some yards after the catch. The question with Ryan Broyles was never talent. It has always been a question about whether or not he can stay healthy for an entire football season. The former 2nd round pick was drafted to be the Lions’ number 2 receiver, and play opposite Calvin Johnson. Broyles has not panned out as a quality player yet, but that could change in 2014. Even though a lot of experts have Ryan Broyles getting cut, I think that he will sneak through cuts and end up a Detroit Lion for the season. In the Lions’ final preseason contest, it will not be a story of how well the starters play together. It will be a story about who can make the coaching staff think twice about cutting them. For the few guys previously mentioned, this game at Buffalo could be the difference in getting cut and getting a job.