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Preseason Week 2 postgame 53-man roster predictions: Big changes on offense

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After some offensive struggles on Thursday night, it's time to shake up the Lions' roster.

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The Detroit Lions had a lot of problems on Thursday night in their 30-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. On offense the Lions looked especially bad, failing to score a touchdown until their very last possession of the game. There are many culprits to blame for the poor team effort, and as a result our latest 53-man roster prediction has a lot of overturn on the offensive side of the ball.

Players currently on roster: 90
QB Matthew Stafford TE Eric Ebron DE Ziggy Ansah CB Darius Slay
QB Dan Orlovsky TE Andrew Quarless DE Devin Taylor CB Nevin Lawson
QB Jake Rudock TE Matthew Mulligan DE Wallace Gilberry CB Quandre Diggs
TE Adam Fuehne DE Brandon Copeland CB Crezdon Butler
RB Ameer Abdullah TE Cole Wick DE Anthony Zettel CB Johnson Bademosi
RB Theo Riddick TE Orson Charles DE Deonte Gibson CB Darrin Walls
RB Zach Zenner TE Brandon Pettigrew (PUP) DE Quanterus Smith CB Keith Lewis
RB George Winn
CB Alex Carter
RB Dwayne Washington OT Riley Reiff DT Haloti Ngata CB Adairius Barnes
RB Stevan Ridley OT Taylor Decker DT Tyrunn Walker CB Rashaad Reynolds

OT Michael Ola DT Caraun Reid CB Charles Washington
FB Michael Burton OT Cornelius Lucas DT A'Shawn Robinson
OT Corey Robinson DT Khyri Thornton S Glover Quin
WR Marvin Jones OT Luke Marquardt DT Gabe Wright S Rafael Bush
WR Golden Tate OT Chase Farris DT Stefan Charles S Tavon Wilson
WR TJ Jones DT Kerry Hyder S Miles Killebrew
WR Anquan Boldin OG Laken Tomlinson DT Louis Palmer S Don Carey
WR Andre Roberts OG Larry Warford
S Isaiah Johnson
WR Corey Fuller (PUP) OG Geoff Schwartz LB DeAndre Levy
WR Jeremy Kerley OG Joe Dahl LB Tahir Whitehead K Matt Prater
WR Jay Lee LB Josh Bynes K Devon Bell
WR Quinshad Davis C Travis Swanson LB Kyle Van Noy
WR Jace Billingsley C Graham Glasgow LB Antwione Williams P Sam Martin

C Gabe Ikard LB Jon Bostic
C Lemuel Jeanpierre LB Khaseem Greene LS Don Muhlbach
LB Chi Chi Ariguzo LS Jimmy Landes
LB Zaviar Gooden
LB Dominique Tovell

Offense

Changes:

IN: RB George Winn
OUT: RB Stevan Ridley

I held out as long as I could with Ridley. I was convinced the Lions were just trying to keep him healthy and limit his reps in the preseason. But it appears he's legitimately behind both Zach Zenner and George Winn in the depth chart. Ridley has yet to show anything truly positive, and while I think the coaches may like him more than the analysts and fans do, Ridley is running out of good graces with his poor play.

Winn takes his spot because of his familiarity with the offense and he special teams skills. Dwayne Washington deserves some serious consideration here, but I need to see more out of him against better competition before I start really giving him credit.

IN: WR Andre Roberts
OUT: WR Jay Lee

The Jay Lee hype train lasted all of one week with me. He finally got his first two receptions on Thursday night against the Bengals, but he hasn't shown enough value to warrant a roster spot at this point. Roberts on the other hand continues to contribute with the first-half offense and even on special teams. Roberts returned two punts on Thursday and a kickoff too. Jay Lee doesn't have the skillset for that.

IN: TE Andrew Quarless
OUT: Cole Wick

Even though Wick continues to pull in some nice passes, he looks completely outmatched as a blocker. At this point, Orson Charles may be more worthy of a roster spot than Wick, as Charles pulled in more catches on Thursday and didn't get completely worked as a blocker.

Instead, I put Quarless into the final 53. I'm convinced if the Lions were really willing to take the media hit for bringing in Quarless along with all of his baggage, they are serious about him making the team, regardless of his upcoming two-game suspension. We didn't see Quarless on Thursday night, but next week's game is going to be big for him.

Defense

Changes:

IN: CB Crezdon Butler
OUT: CB Alex Carter

I know, I know. Cornerbacks take three years to catch on, and you could argue this is really Carter's first year -- after sitting out his entire rookie season with an injury. But Carter just looks like he's way too far behind right now, both in practice and in games. If the Lions decide to cut ties with him, he's very likely to get swiped up on waivers before Detroit has a chance to place him on the practice, but so it goes.

Butler is the safer option, as he's been around longer and had a modicum of success. Since this battle is for the sixth cornerback position, it will be won on special teams. Butler has five years of experience on special teams. Carter has zero.