The Detroit Lions will be making their first steps in trimming their roster down to the 53-man team that is required before the start of the regular season. The NFL requires teams to first have their roster cut down to 75 men by Tuesday Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. ET. The Detroit Lions roster currently stands at 89 players (after their release of Stevan Ridley earlier in the week). Here are our predictions of the next 14 players to go.
K Devon Bell
Bell shanked a 47-yard field goal in Saturday’s preseason game against the Ravens, and never truly had a chance to make the roster. The Lions just don’t need a second kicker going into the final preseason game, even if he also helps out with punting reps.
T Luke Marquardt
Marquardt joined the team back in late July, but never showed any potential to climb up the depth chart. Marquardt’s play in the preseason was not very good, and even though the Lions are a bit shorthanded at offensive tackle, the Lions can make due in the final preseason game without Marquardt.
C Lemuel Jeanpierre
Jeanpierre was also a recent addition to the team, joining Detroit less than two weeks ago. He did get some playing time in Saturday’s game, but the Lions don’t need him on the roster. Gabe Ikard will likely take over center duties for the majority of snaps in the final preseason game in an effort to justify a roster spot.
TE Orson Charles
Though the Lions are lacking in healthy tight ends, Charles is a guy the Lions can do without for the final preseason game. Charles had a decent game against the Bengals, hauling in four catches for 40 yards, but the Lions know what they have in him. The Lions would likely rather take a look at the younger Adam Fuehne and Cole Wick in the final preseason game.
WR Jeremy Kerley
This may be the most surprising player on the list, but Kerley has been slowly dropping down the depth chart since the beginning of training camp. Kerley was supposed to provide some competition on special teams, specifically at punt return, but in the past two games, he’s returned just one punt and no kickoffs while only catching a single pass over the same time period. The Lions could do him a favor and give him a chance elsewhere by cutting him in the first round of roster trimming.
DE Quanterus Smith
Smith was signed to the Lions about a month ago, to help with poor defensive end depth. Though Smith was given as good of a chance as anyone, he was essentially just a camp body.
DT Louis Palmer
The former Central Michigan Chippewa joined the Lions as an undrafted free agent back in May. Palmer did not record a single tackle during the preseason.
DT Kerry Hyder
Hyder showed some flashes during training camp and had at least two tackles in every preseason game. But he also had a very bad personal foul penalty against the Bengals and is just buried too deep below some really good talent.
LB Dominique Tovell
The Lions have already waived and signed Tovell this month. Chances are pretty good they’ll be waiving him again shortly.
LB Chi Chi Ariguzo
The Lions have been taking a good look at Ariguzo in the preseason. The early August addition had played in about 35 percent of defensive snaps coming into Saturday’s game. However, assuming Josh Bynes gets better, there isn’t really a spot on the roster for Ariguzo.
CB Brandon McGee
Cornerback is one of the deepest positions on the Lions, who are currently carrying 11 cornerbacks. Detroit will have five or six on the final roster, so several corners may be released by Tuesday’s deadline. McGee is the most recent of cornerback additions, but he may also be the first to go.
CB Rashaad Reynolds
Just a month ago, Reynolds was without a team. He was given a fair chance in Detroit, playing in over one-fourth of the defensive snaps, but ultimately it is hard to find a place for him on the roster.
CB Charles Washington
The same can be said for Washington, who was one of the first undrafted free agents added to the roster after the draft. The rookie from Fresno State didn’t stand out in camp or preseason, leaving him vulnerable to be part of the first round of cuts.
LB Jon Bostic to IR
I can’t fully explain why the Lions haven’t placed Bostic on the injured reserve list yet, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is reporting the Lions will do this next week. This will clear up the final roster spot the Lions need to get down to 75 by Tuesday.
With these cuts, here's what the Detroit Lions 75-man roster would look like:
|Players currently on roster: 75|
|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 Cole Wick||DE Brandon Copeland||CB Johnson Bademosi|
|RB Ameer Abdullah||TE Adam Fuehne||DE Anthony Zettel||CB Darrin Walls|
|RB Theo Riddick||TE Brandon Pettigrew (PUP)||DE Deonte Gibson||CB Alex Carter|
|RB Zach Zenner||CB Crezdon Butler|
|RB Dwayne Washington||CB Adairius Barnes|
|RB George Winn||OT Riley Reiff||DT Haloti Ngata|
|OT Taylor Decker||DT Tyrunn Walker|
|OT Michael Ola||DT Caraun Reid|
|FB Michael Burton||OT Cornelius Lucas||DT A'Shawn Robinson|
|OT Corey Robinson||DT Khyri Thornton||S Glover Quin|
|WR Marvin Jones||OT Chase Farris||DT Stefan Charles||S Rafael Bush|
|WR Golden Tate||DT Gabe Wright||S Tavon Wilson|
|WR TJ Jones||S Miles Killebrew|
|WR Anquan Boldin||OG Laken Tomlinson||S Don Carey|
|WR Andre Roberts||OG Larry Warford||S Isaiah Johnson|
|WR Jay Lee||OG Geoff Schwartz||LB DeAndre Levy|
|WR Quinshad Davis||OG Joe Dahl||LB Tahir Whitehead||K Matt Prater|
|WR Jace Billingsley||LB Josh Bynes|
|WR Corey Fuller (PUP)||C Travis Swanson||LB Kyle Van Noy|
|C Graham Glasgow||LB Antwione Williams||P Sam Martin|
|C Gabe Ikard||LB Zaviar Gooden|
|LB Khaseem Greene||LS Jimmy Landes|
|LS Don Muhlbach|