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Lions 53-man roster prediction: Post-Jets game edition

With one preseason game in the books, it's time for another Detroit Lions 53-man roster prediction.

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The Detroit Lions downed the New York Jets last week in their preseason opener in fairly dominant fashion. How did that game change the outlook of their 53-man roster? Here's my latest 53-man roster prediction (my picks to make the team are in bold and underlined):

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Dan Orlovsky
QB Kellen Moore

QB Garrett Gilbert

RB Joique Bell
RB Ameer Abdullah
RB Theo Riddick
RB George Winn

RB Zach Zenner
RB Desmond Martin

FB Michael Burton
FB Emil Igwenagu

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Golden Tate
WR Lance Moore
WR Corey Fuller
WR Jeremy Ross

WR TJ Jones
WR Ryan Broyles
WR Greg Salas
WR Andrew Peacock
WR Vernon Johnson
WR Jarred Haggins
TE Eric Ebron
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Joseph Fauria

TE Jordan Thompson
TE Casey Pierce
TE Jacob Maxwell

OT Riley Reiff
OT LaAdrian Waddle
OT Cornelius Lucas
OT Michael Williams

OT Corey Robinson
OT Xavier Proctor

OG Laken Tomlinson
OG Larry Warford
OG Manny Ramirez
OG Torrian Wilson
OG Al Bond

C Travis Swanson
C Taylor Boggs
C Darren Keyton
C Braxston Cave
DE Ezekiel Ansah
DE Jason Jones
DE Darryl Tapp
DE Devin Taylor
DE Larry Webster
DE Corey Wootton
DE Phillip Hunt

DT Haloti Ngata
DT Tyrunn Walker
DT Caraun Reid
DT Gabe Wright

DT Jermelle Cudjo
DT Roy Philon
DT Kerry Hyder
DT Jerel Worthy

LB DeAndre Levy
LB Stephen Tulloch
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Kyle Van Noy
LB Josh Bynes
LB Travis Lewis

LB Julian Stanford
LB Brandon Copeland
LB Kevin Snyder
CB Darius Slay
CB Rashean Mathis
CB Nevin Lawson
CB Josh Wilson

CB Quandre Diggs
CB Alex Carter
CB Crezdon Butler
CB R.J. Stanford
CB Chris Owens
CB Jocquel Skinner

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

S Nate Ness
S Isaiah Johnson
S Brian Suite
S Taylor Mays

K Matt Prater
K Kyle Brindza

P Sam Martin

LS Don Muhlbach

Changes from last time

Taylor Boggs in, Torrian Wilson out - Given that he played so well against the Jets, it was an easy decision to put Boggs on the 53-man roster. Actually, Wilson's inclusion in the first place was based solely on the signing bonus he received as an undrafted free agent. That was before we actually had a chance to see the various interior linemen perform, and one game in, Boggs looks most qualified for the final backup spot on the O-line.

Potential changes down the road

George Winn vs. Zach Zenner - I nearly pulled the trigger on bumping Winn for Zenner, but I need to see more of this position battle before actually making this change. Zenner has certainly looked like a better runner thus far, but Winn is still the better player on special teams, and ultimately that may be more valuable for the Lions.

Jeremy Ross vs. TJ Jones vs. Ryan Broyles - If Lance Moore and Corey Fuller are safe bets to make the team and the Lions only keep five wide receivers -- that seems like a given unless they go thin on offensive linemen -- there's only room for one of Ross, Jones and Broyles. If it were up to me, I'd keep Broyles and plug him into the passing game, but the Lions seem to value Ross more. Part of that stems from Ross' special teams value, but Jones looked pretty impressive returning punts last week. If Jones keeps it up, he could potentially take Ross' spot on the roster.

Larry Webster vs. Corey Wootton vs. Phillip Hunt - Going into training camp, Webster seemed poised for a bigger role in the defensive end rotation. So far, however, Darryl Tapp and Devin Taylor have outperformed him, putting his spot on the team in jeopardy. If Wootton and Hunt come on strong with a solid finish to the preseason, it's not out of the question that Webster could find himself without a roster spot.

Jermelle Cudjo vs. the fifth DE - The Webster/Wootton/Hunt battle assumes that five defensive ends make the team. Cudjo is hoping that doesn't happen, which would open up a path for him to make the 53-man roster instead. It doesn't necessarily feel like the Lions need five defensive tackles on their roster, but if Cudjo does in fact become the next George Johnson, he may make it impossible for the team to cut him.

Alex Carter vs. his injured ankle - There still don't appear to be any spots up for grabs at cornerback, but if Carter's ankle injury continues to linger and he surprisingly ends up on injured reserve, that could open the door for Crezdon Butler or R.J. Stanford to make the roster. That seems highly unlikely at this point considering Carter is expected back sooner than later, but it'll be something to monitor as long as he remains sidelined.

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