QB (2) - Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.