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

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With one preseason game to go, here's my latest Detroit Lions 53-man roster prediction:

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Dan Orlovsky

QB Kellen Moore

RB Reggie Bush
RB Joique Bell
RB Theo Riddick

RB George Winn
RB Mikel Leshoure

FB Jed Collins
FB Montell Owens

FB Emil Igwenagu

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Golden Tate
WR Ryan Broyles
WR Kris Durham
WR Jeremy Ross
WR Kevin Ogletree
WR Corey Fuller
WR Pat Edwards
WR Andrew Peacock
TE Eric Ebron
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Joseph Fauria

TE Jordan Thompson
TE Michael Egnew

OT Riley Reiff
OT LaAdrian Waddle
OT Corey Hilliard
OT Cornelius Lucas

OT Michael Williams

OG Rob Sims
OG Larry Warford
OG Rodney Austin

OG Garrett Reynolds
OG Darren Keyton

C Dominic Raiola
C Travis Swanson
DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Jason Jones
DE Devin Taylor
DE Larry Webster
DE George Johnson

DE Darryl Tapp

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

DT Andre Fluellen
DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
DT Xavier Proctor

LB DeAndre Levy
LB Stephen Tulloch
LB Kyle Van Noy
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Travis Lewis

LB Julian Stanford
LB Brandon Hepburn
LB Shamari Benton
CB Darius Slay
CB Rashean Mathis
CB Bill Bentley
CB Cassius Vaughn
CB Nevin Lawson

CB Chris Greenwood
CB Mohammed Seisay

S Glover Quin
S James Ihedigbo
S Don Carey
S Jerome Couplin
S Isa Abdul-Quddus

S Nate Ness

K Nate Freese

P Sam Martin

LS Don Muhlbach

(You can see my 53-man roster prediction from last week here.)

Changes to the 53-man roster

S Jerome Couplin in, S DeJon Gomes out - With Gomes on injured reserve, Couplin gets elevated to the 53-man roster. He's had a pretty solid preseason, and he's shown a lot of potential considering he was an undrafted free agent. I think he has the edge to take Gomes' spot over the other backup safeties.

S Isa Abdul-Quddus in, CB Chris Greenwood out - I may have Couplin ahead of him, but I still think there's room for Abdul-Quddus on the 53-man roster. A spot for him could open up if the Lions decide to move on from Don Carey, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, but in this case I have them keeping an extra safety instead of an extra cornerback. As a result, Greenwood is the odd man out after a somewhat shaky preseason, and he's bound for the practice squad in this scenario.

K Nate Freese in, K Giorgio Tavecchio out - With Tavecchio missing a long field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars and later being released, there's not much to say here. Freese is the Lions' starting kicker going forward.

Things to keep an eye on later this week

Going into the preseason finale, there are several questions that come to mind:

  • Will George Winn or Mikel Leshoure do enough to make the team, and will either push Montell Owens out of a spot in the process?
  • Will the Lions keep five or six wide receivers?
  • Could Michael Williams jump ahead of Cornelius Lucas for the final tackle spot?
  • Are six defensive ends really necessary?
  • Are six linebackers really necessary, and what does Kyle Van Noy's injury mean for this position?
  • Should the Lions keep Chris Greenwood instead of a 10th defensive lineman or a fifth safety?
  • Where is Don Carey at from a health standpoint?

This is basically a summary of all the spots that are up for grabs and the areas on the 53-man roster where I'm still unsure of some things. Hopefully Thursday's game against the Buffalo Bills will help answer at least some of these questions, because the Lions will have to get down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.