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Projecting the Lions depth chart: Offensive tackle

What will the Detroit Lions depth chart look like at offensive tackle by the end of training camp? What camp battles are worth watching at this position? Let's take a look.

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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 offensive tackle position.

Starters: Riley Reiff (LT), LaAdrian Waddle (RT) | Top backup: Cornelius Lucas

After yet another offseason spent speculating about Riley Reiff's position, he is once again still the Lions' starting left tackle. Going into the draft, it looked like the Lions might select a player in the first round who would force Reiff to move to the right side of the line, but that didn't end up happening. As a result, Reiff is still the starter at left tackle, and LaAdrian Waddle is set to remain the starter at right tackle. Waddle needs to actually be healthy after having offseason knee surgery, though, so it's possible that Cornelius Lucas will open the season as the starting right tackle while Waddle continues to recover.

Fourth string: Michael WilliamsOther players: Corey Robinson, Xavier Proctor

Beyond the top three, there appears to be one additional spot at tackle up for grabs. It's still a coin flip type of decision between Michael Williams and this year's seventh-round pick, Corey Robinson. Xavier Proctor is also in the mix after moving from defensive to offensive tackle, but chances are either Williams or Robinson will make the team as the final tackle.

Featured camp battle: LaAdrian Waddle vs. his surgically repaired knee

Other camp battles to watch: Michael Williams vs. Corey Robinson vs. Xavier Proctor for the No. 4 OT job

Aside from the competition between the three tackles at the bottom of the depth chart, the main camp battle to watch at tackle revolves around Waddle's health. He is trying to come back from a partially torn ACL, and it remains to be seen if he will actually be ready for the start of the regular season. Having Lucas ready to step in if necessary is nice, but clearly the Lions would rather have Waddle ready to go when Week 1 kicks off.

Previously: Quarterback, running back, fullback, wide receiver, tight end

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