Where the Lions roster stands: Defense & special teams

US PRESSWIRE

An overview of the Detroit Lions roster with a focus on the defense and special teams.

The Detroit Lions currently have 45 players under contract on defense and special teams. Take a look (the final year of each player's contract is listed in parentheses):

Defensive end (7)

Back from last season: Ziggy Ansah (2016 + team option for 2017), Jason Jones (2015), Devin Taylor (2016)

New to the team: Darryl Tapp (2014), Larry Webster (2017), George Johnson (2014), Kalonji Kashama (2016)

Defensive tackle (8)

Back from last season: Ndamukong Suh (2014 + player option for 2015), Nick Fairley (2014), C.J. Mosley (2014), Andre Fluellen (2014), Jimmy Saddler-McQueen (2015), Xavier Proctor (2015)

New to the team: Caraun Reid (2017), Gregory Hickman (2016)

Linebacker (10)

Back from last season: DeAndre Levy (2015), Stephen Tulloch (2016), Ashlee Palmer (2014), Tahir Whitehead (2015), Travis Lewis (2015), Cory Greenwood (2014), Julian Stanford (2014), Brandon Hepburn (2015)

New to the team: Kyle Van Noy (2017), Justin Jackson (2016)

Cornerback (9)

Back from last season: Darius Slay (2016), Rashean Mathis (2014), Bill Bentley (2015), Chris Greenwood (2014), Jonte Green (2015)

New to the team: Nevin Lawson (2017), Cassius Vaughn (2014), Aaron Hester (2014), Mohammed Seisay (2016)

Safety (7)

Back from last season: Glover Quin (2017), Don Carey (2016), DeJon Gomes (2014)

New to the team: James Ihedigbo (2015), Isa Abdul-Quddus (2014), Jerome Couplin (2016), Gabe Lynn (2016)

Special teams (4)

Back from last season: Sam Martin (2016), Don Muhlbach (2014)

New to the team: Nate Freese (2017), Giorgio Tavecchio (2015)

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Join Pride Of Detroit

You must be a member of Pride Of Detroit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pride Of Detroit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker