As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up is the fullback position.
Starter: Jed Collins | Top backup: Chad Abram
Considering Jed Collins joined the Lions after spending time with Joe Lombardi in New Orleans, there's no reason to think that he won't be Detroit's starting fullback. He played in an offense that is the basis for the Lions' new scheme, and he's a veteran. Undrafted free agent Chad Abram seemingly has the potential to make an impression on special teams, and I expect him to at least make the practice squad, but Collins is the starter at this position.
Camp battle to watch: Chad Abram vs. the rest of the roster
Since Collins vs. Abram doesn't seem like much of a competition, the more interesting camp battle will really be Abram vs. the rest of the roster. This goes back to the camp battle that was first presented in our quarterback projection. If the Lions only keep two quarterbacks, that could open up a spot for someone like Abram if he really impresses on special teams. There are players in a similar situation at positions like running back, wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback and safety, so Abram will have a lot of competition. However, it is certainly feasible that he could make the 53-man roster even if he's not the Lions' No. 1 fullback.
Previously: Quarterback, running back