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

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After dropping a preseason game to the Washington Redskins, let's look at how our roster prediction for the Detroit Lions has changed.

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After a pretty disappointing performance against the Washington Redskins, especially from the second and third string teams, let's see how the bottom of the Detroit Lions roster shakes out in our prediction for the final 53- man roster.

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

TE Eric Ebron
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Joseph Fauria

TE Deon Butler
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
DE Erik Williams

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 Josh Bynes
LB Travis Lewis

LB Julian Stanford
LB Kyle Van Noy
LB Brandon Copeland
LB Justin Cherocci
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


K Matt Prater
K Kyle Brindza

P Sam Martin

LS Don Muhlbach

What changed?

Kyle Van Noy out, Julian Stanford in - This is based on injury alone. The Lions can't afford to cut ties with Van Noy this early in his career, even if it looks like he's having a tough time catching on. That being said, his injury looks like it may be more severe than the Lions were leading on originally. I wouldn't be surprised to see Van Noy start the season on the IR with the designation to return. That would be a huge disappointment given that's a lot like how his rookie season started out, but it may be better to let him heal at this point.

Potential changes down the road

Zach Zenner - Zenner continues to make his case for the final running back spot on the roster. His dominant performance against the Redskins made it tough to leave him out again, but the truth is the Lions are most likely looking for a special teams guy as their fourth back, and George Winn has excelled at that.

Defensive ends - The bottom of the defensive end chart is filled with a bunch of potential. Phillip Hunt had an impressive performance last Thursday and made a case for a roster spot. Could he dethrone former draft picks Devin Taylor or Larry Webster?

Can Jeremy Ross hold on? - Ross has continued to struggle as the team's kick and punt returner; however, he impressed in Week 2 of the preseason as a receiver, pulling in 4 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. TJ Jones has been decent as a returner, but he, nor Ryan Broyles, has shown much as a receiver this preseason.