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Lions 53-man roster prediction: Pre-Bills game edition

Who will make the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster? Here's my pre-Buffalo Bills game guess.

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Depending on if Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Bills produces any changes that need to made, this could be my final Detroit Lions 53-man roster prediction of 2013. Let's get right into it.

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Shaun Hill
QB Kellen Moore

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
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Tony Scheffler
TE Michael Williams
TE Joseph Fauria

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

OT Kevin Haslam

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

OG Rodney Austin
OG Darren Keyton

C Dominic Raiola

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

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

LB Stephen Tulloch
LB DeAndre Levy
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Travis Lewis
LB Chris White

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

CB Chris Greenwood

S Glover Quin
S Louis Delmas
S Don Carey
S John Wendling

S Amari Spievey
S Tyrell Johnson
S Martavius Neloms

K David Akers

P Sam Martin
P Blake Clingan

LS Don Muhlbach

Changes to the 53-man roster

Joseph Fauria in, Matt Willis out - It's not clear how long Michael Williams will be out with a broken hand, but his injury was the driving force behind my decision to give the Lions four tight ends. I like what I've seen out of Willis in the preseason, but he'd likely end up contributing on special teams more than anything. As a result, I elected to keep Fauria, giving the offense another potential target for Matthew Stafford.

Dylan Gandy in, Rodney Austin out - I honestly have no clue which backup interior offensive linemen are going to make the team. The Lions have rotated Gandy, Austin, Jake Scott and Leroy Harris so frequently that I haven't been able to get a read on which two are the favorites to make the team as backups. Originally I figured the Lions would keep Austin because of his upside, but I'm leaning in the direction of stashing him on the practice squad. This would allow the Lions to keep Scott, who has been impressive as of late as a backup guard, and the versatile Gandy.

Chris White in, Rocky McIntosh out - Just because the Lions traded for him doesn't mean White is going to make the team, but I do expect him to be included on the 53-man roster for his prowess on special teams.

Rashean Mathis in, Chris Hope out - I expected Hope to make the Lions' 53-man roster before he was released, but the emergence of Mathis as a viable backup at cornerback and safety mixed things up. Now I have Mathis making the team, and I nearly dropped Ron Bartell in favor of Chris Greenwood. For now, I'm sticking with Bartell despite the inclusion of Mathis, leaving Greenwood for the practice squad.

Practice squad projection

Speaking of the practice squad, here are the eight players I have projected to be signed to it by the Lions:

RB Steven Miller
FB Shaun Chapas
WR Corey Fuller
WR Kris Durham
OG Rodney Austin
DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
LB Brandon Hepburn
CB Chris Greenwood

Usually the Lions bring in some players from other teams for this, but based strictly on my roster cuts, those are the eight I would expect to be kept around as members of the practice squad.

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