Lions 53-man roster prediction: Post-Jets game edition

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Who will make the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster? Here's my post-New York Jets game guess.

With the preseason finally underway, the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster is starting to come into focus. The Lions have one game in the books -- a 26-17 win over the New York Jets -- leading to some changes to my 53-man roster prediction. Admittedly, the alterations from my last prediction are pretty minimal, but that could change as the preseason continues and we get more and more information about what the Lions' roster may look like.

Here's my post-Jets game 53-man roster prediction:

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Shaun Hill
QB Kellen Moore

QB Thaddeus Lewis

RB Reggie Bush
RB Mikel Leshoure
RB Joique Bell

RB Montell Owens
RB Theo Riddick
RB Steven Miller

FB Shaun Chapas

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Nate Burleson
WR Ryan Broyles

WR Patrick Edwards

WR Matt Willis
WR Kris Durham
WR Mike Thomas
WR Corey Fuller
WR Micheal Spurlock
WR Chaz Schilens
WR Terrence Austin
WR Cody Wilson
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Tony Scheffler
TE Michael Williams

TE Joseph Fauria
TE Matt Veldman

OT Riley Reiff
OT Corey Hilliard
OT Jason Fox
OT LaAdrian Waddle

OT Austin Holtz
OT Derek Hardman

OG Rob Sims
OG Larry Warford
OG Rodney Austin
OG Dylan Gandy

OG Jake Scott
OG Darren Keyton

C Dominic Raiola
C Leroy Harris
DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Jason Jones
DE Israel Idonije
DE Willie Young
DE Devin Taylor

DE Ronnell Lewis
DE Braylon Broughton

DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Nick Fairley
DT C.J. Mosley

DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
DT Andre Fluellen
DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo
DT Xavier Proctor

LB Stephen Tulloch
LB DeAndre Levy
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Travis Lewis
LB Cory Greenwood

LB Brandon Hepburn
LB Jon Morgan
LB Adrian Moten
CB Chris Houston
CB Darius Slay
CB Jonte Green
CB Bill Bentley
CB Ron Bartell

CB Chris Greenwood
CB Ross Weaver
CB D.J. Johnson
CB DeQuan Menzie
CB Brandon King
CB Myron Lewis

S Glover Quin
S Louis Delmas
S Don Carey

S Chris Hope
S John Wendling

S Amari Spievey
S Tyrell Johnson
S Martavius Neloms
S Trevor Coston

K David Akers
K Havard Rugland

P Sam Martin
P Blake Clingan

LS Don Muhlbach

Changes to the 53-man roster

Theo Riddick in, Steven Miller out - Riddick led all Lions running backs with 22 offensive snaps on Friday against the Jets, and he received a lot of praise from coaches and teammates in the days leading up to the game. It seems the Lions really like Riddick's potential, so I decided to keep him as their fifth running back. In turn, I pushed Miller off the 53-man roster, mainly because I feel like Patrick Edwards can take care of the return duties.

Matt Willis in, Kris Durham out - This could be a classic case of overreacting to one game, but Willis was outstanding on Friday. He caught 3 passes (a couple of which were ridiculous grabs) for 51 yards and a touchdown, and he also had 9 snaps on special teams. That was more than double any of the other wide receivers. He seems to have the perfect combination of catching ability and special teams talents that the Lions like in their fifth receiver, and I decided to swap out Durham for him.

Jimmy Saddler-McQueen in, Andre Fluellen out - The battle for the fourth spot at defensive tackle is looking like it could actually be pretty interesting. Saddler-McQueen, Fluellen and Ogemdi Nwagbuo all received a significant number of snaps on Friday, and Saddler-McQueen led the way with 30 on defense. He recorded a sack during the Jets game, and he did a nice job of applying pressure to the quarterback. As a result, I decided to keep him over Fluellen.

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