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

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Who will make the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster? Here's my post-Cleveland Browns game guess.

Thanks in large part to all of the moves the Detroit Lions have made in the last few days, I ended up making three more changes in my latest 53-man roster prediction. (You can see last week's prediction here.) The Cleveland Browns game did affect one of my alterations, but the others are related more to the recent signings than anything. Take a look:

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 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
TE Cameron Morrah

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

OT Kevin Haslam
OT Derek Hardman

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

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

DT Justin Bannan
DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
DT Andre Fluellen
DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo
DT Xavier Proctor
DT John Drew

LB Stephen Tulloch
LB DeAndre Levy
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Travis Lewis
LB Rocky McIntosh

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

CB Rashean Mathis
CB Chris Greenwood
CB Ross Weaver
CB D.J. Johnson
CB DeQuan Menzie
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

K David Akers
K Havard Rugland

P Sam Martin
P Blake Clingan

LS Don Muhlbach

Changes to the 53-man roster

Jake Scott in, Dylan Gandy out - As noted by Jeremy Reisman, Gandy didn't play right guard at all against the Browns. Jake Scott was the starter for the second preseason game, and I decided to include him on my latest 53-man roster. I gave some serious thought to releasing Rodney Austin to make room for Scott (with the idea that Austin would land on the practice squad again), but I instead decided to cut Gandy. Austin has the ability to be the backup center, and I just think the Lions would prefer to keep the younger player in this case.

Justin Bannan in, Jimmy Saddler-McQueen out - This was a pretty easy decision. Bannan is expected to be the Lions' fourth defensive tackle, and it would be a surprise if he doesn't make the team over Saddler-McQueen, Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Andre Fluellen and the other depth players at the position.

Rocky McIntosh in, Cory Greenwood out - Greenwood excelled on special teams and was seemingly a part of the two-deep at linebacker, but he was waived/injured on Monday. Even before that news came out, I had McIntosh making the team over Greenwood because he brings so much experience to the table. McIntosh can also contribute on special teams, and I think the Lions will go with the man they just recently signed as their sixth linebacker.

Other notes

Third quarterback debate - I remain of the opinion that the Lions would be better off going with only two quarterbacks, but I don't think they will release both Kellen Moore and Thaddeus Lewis. That's why I still have three quarterbacks making the team.

Possibility of four tight ends - The Lions have played Joseph Fauria a lot so far in the preseason, but in my mind he hasn't done enough to warrant anything more than a spot on the practice squad. That could change in the next couple weeks, though, and perhaps the Lions could keep him over a fifth player at either running back or wide receiver.

New offensive tackle - I just don't see new offensive tackle Kevin Haslam making the team. The top three seems pretty much set, and LaAdrian Waddle's got a lot of upside. He should get the fourth spot over Haslam.

Ron Bartell's spot - Given Bartell's struggles against the Browns, keep an eye on new Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis in the next couple weeks. It would not surprise me if Mathis ends up beating out Bartell for a spot on the roster. I declined to make that change this week, but it's something to consider going forward.

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