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53 Man Roster



QB (2) - Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill

Cut- Kellen Moore, Thaddeus Lewis

Stafford's ability to stay healthy and Shaun Hill's ability to manage games when necessary allows the Lions to only keep the two. I would want Moore to go to Practice Squad but since he was on the roster all last year that isn't an option anymore.

RB (4) Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell, Montell Owens

Cut- Theo Riddick, Steven Miller

Bush is obviously the starter but I cannot wait to see both Bush and Bell in the backfield at the same time. They both have sure hands and either one could motion out to the slot to give the Lions more mismatches. Leshoure will be the Lions short yard/goal line back and Owens is a great special teamer. He will more than likely be used as full back for short yard/goal line formations as well. I wouldn't mind seeing either Riddick or Miller signed to the Practice Squad.

FB (0) none

Cut- Shaun Chapas

Once again, Owens will be used as the FB if ever needed.

WR (6) Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles, Mike Thomas, Patrick Edwards, Chaz Schilens

Cut- Michael Spurlock, Corey Fuller, Kris Durham, Devin Thomas, Terrence Austin, Cody Wilson, Matt Willis

The top 3 wide receivers are no brainers, after that is when things get tricky. I believe Patrick Edwards will be the Lions kick returner/punt returner and that will garnish him a spot. Mike Thomas, Schilens, Fuller, Spurlock, and Durham could all make the team so it was just a toss up for who to pick. I think the Lions may keep 7 wide receivers so they do not run into the injury problem that they did last year.

TE (3) Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams

Cut- Joseph Fauria, Matt Veldman

Pettigrew and Scheffler are in for sure. I cannot wait to see the battle for the final TE spot. Right now, I have to give the edge to Williams. I could see him being used the way Reiff did last year as an extra run blocker. Fauria says he is playing with a chip on his shoulder so maybe he will come out and impress during preseason.

OT- (4) Riley Reiff, Jason Fox, Corey Hilliard, LaAdrian Waddle

Cut- Austin Holtz

The top 3 are set with Reiff at LT and Fox/Hilliard battling for the starting RT. Waddle over Holtz just seems like it will happen.

OG/C (5) Rob Sims, Dominic Raiola, Larry Watford, Jake Scott, Rodney Austin

Cut- Dylan Gandy, Leroy Harris, Derek Hardman, Darren Keyton

It has really surprised me that Jake Scott has been working with the first team offense so far but that is why he is over Dylan Gandy and Leroy Harris. Though with Harris' contract (2 years 3 million) the lions may keep him over Austin.

DE- (5) Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Israel Idonije, Willie Young, Devin Taylor

Cut- Ronnell Lewis, Braylon Broughton, Spencer Nealy

The top four are set, and Devin Taylor (though he has struggled so far through camp) has a lot more upside than the other 3 DEs that are getting cut. Ronnell Lewis could not contribute on special teams last year and has yet to practice in camp so his time is running out to prove he belongs on this team.

DT- (4) Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, C.J. Mosley, Andre Fluellen

Cut- Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Jimmy Saddler-McQueen

Andre Fluellen keeps on coming back. I think he will be able to beat out noth Nwagbuo and JSM for the final DT spot. Even if he does, I do not see him taking the field all that often with the versatility of Jones and Idonije.

LB (6) DeAndre Levy, Ashlee Palmer, Travis Lewis, Tahir Whitehead, Stephen Tulloch, Carmen Messina

Cut- Cory Greenwood, Brandon Hepburn, Jon Morgan, Alex Elkins

The starting OLB position left vacant by Justin Durant needs filled by either Palmer, Lewis, or Whitehead. We have great depth with the 2 that do not get the starting position because they have practiced all 3 positions. Tulloch and Levy are the starters of the other two positions and I picked Messina because of how quickly the Lions resigned him in the offseason. Messina, Palmer, Lewis, and Whitehead will all make very good special team players as well.

CB (6) Chris Houston, Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Jonte Green, Ron Bartell, Chris Greenwood

Cut- Ross Weaver, D.J. Johnson, DeQuan Menzie

Chris Houston has the starting position and I could see the other one going to Slay if he keeps progressing. I have loved what I've read about Bentley during camp so far and I want him to be our nickel corner. Ron Bartell adds a lot of veteran presence to a young group. Jonte Green has starting experience and Coach Cunningham has raved about Chris Greenwood. Hopefully we will have a much more solid unit this year.

S (5) Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, Don Carey, Ricardo Silva, John Wendling

Cut- Amari Spievey, Chris Hope, Tyrell Johnson, Martavius Neloms

Glover Quin and Louis Delmas are the obvious starters. Carey played well in replace of Delmas last year. I chose Silva over Hope because for some reason I really like Silva. I'm not sure exactly what it is though. Wendling is great on ST and will remain on the team. I could see the Lions picking up a player that got cut from another team to add experience to this position though.

ST (3) David Akers, Sam Martin, Don Muhlbach

Cut- Havard Rugland, Blake Clingan

I really want Kickalicious to be on our team but I would rather have an experienced leg over raw talent (practice squad though?). Don Muhlbach is a pro bowler at long snapping and Sam Martin should beat out Blake Clingan for Punter.

Let me know what you guys think.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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