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Detroit Lions 53-man roster prediction: Anthony Zettel IN, Gabe Wright OUT

Potentially, this is what the final Detroit Lions 53-man roster could look like.

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The Detroit Lions will need to cut their roster down to 75 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. With three preseason games in the books, not only are those cuts becoming clearer by the day, but the final 53-man roster is coming into shape. With just one more week to impress coaches and managers, players on the bubble must make a move now. Here's our latest prediction on who's in and who's out for the Lions 2016 regular season roster.

Players currently on roster: 53
QB Matthew Stafford TE Eric Ebron DE Ziggy Ansah CB Darius Slay
QB Dan Orlovsky TE Matthew Mulligan DE Devin Taylor CB Nevin Lawson
QB Jake Rudock TE Cole Wick DE Wallace Gilberry CB Quandre Diggs
TE Andrew Quarless (Susp.) DE Brandon Copeland CB Johnson Bademosi
RB Ameer Abdullah TE Adam Fuehne DE Anthony Zettel CB Darrin Walls
RB Theo Riddick TE Orson Charles DE Deonte Gibson CB Alex Carter
RB Zach Zenner TE Brandon Pettigrew (PUP) DE Quanterus Smith CB Crezdon Butler
RB Dwayne Washington
CB Brandon McGee
RB George Winn OT Riley Reiff DT Haloti Ngata CB Adairius Barnes
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 Stefan Charles S Rafael Bush
WR Golden Tate OT Chase Farris DT Gabe Wright 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 Jay Lee OG Geoff Schwartz LB DeAndre Levy
WR Quinshad Davis OG Joe Dahl LB Tahir Whitehead K Matt Prater
WR Jace Billingsley OG Brandon Thomas LB Josh Bynes K Devon Bell
WR Corey Fuller (PUP) LB Kyle Van Noy
C Travis Swanson LB Antwione Williams P Sam Martin
C Graham Glasgow LB Jon Bostic
C Gabe Ikard LB Khaseem Greene LS Don Muhlbach
C Lemuel Jeanpierre LB Chi Chi Ariguzo LS Jimmy Landes
LB Zaviar Gooden
LB Dominique Tovell



IN: RB Dwayne Washington
OUT: RB George Winn

While I still think Washington has a lot to prove to get meaningful snaps in 2016, it's pretty clear the Lions value him above George Winn. Washington was the first player back taking kick returns in the preseason game against the Ravens, and it's certainly possible that could be his role for the team this season. He needs to prove more to be active on game days, but he almost has a 53-man roster spot locked up at this point.

IN: TE Cole Wick
OUT: TE Andrew Quarless - Suspended list

Detroit has been using Cole Wick a heck of a lot throughout the entire preseason. At this point, Wick looks like the best receiving tight end on the roster while Eric Ebron continues to recover from his ankle injury. Andrew Quarless can be stashed away on the suspended list (as pointed out by sgriggl) for the first two weeks, so he serves as some insurance if Ebron's return is delayed.



IN: DE Anthony Zettel
OUT: DT Gabe Wright

Wright had the fewest snaps (11) of all defensive tackles on Saturday. For a player you'd think the Lions would want to get as many reps to help improve, that cannot be a good sign. Zettel, on the other hand, managed to make a few plays in his 24 snaps against the Ravens, including a big forced fumble. I still think it may be wise for the Lions to keep six defensive tackles and four defensive ends, but Zettel is making it hard for me to stick to that plan.

IN: CB Alex Carter
OUT: CB Crezdon Butler

I have gone back and forth on this camp battle all offseason, and neither Carter nor Butler have done much to move the needle in either direction. Several reports from training camp have been down on Carter, but during the preseason, he just hasn't done much -- good or bad. The same can be said about Butler. Although he had a bad sequence of events against the Steelers -- first a pass interference penalty and then giving up a 29-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey while in coverage -- he has, more or less, been quiet in the Lions secondary. The two received the exact same amount of snaps in the third preseason game, so this battle appears to still be undecided.

Special teams

No changes:

Though Don Muhlbach didn't take a single snap on Saturday, he may have solidified his spot on the roster. Jimmy Landes played in 10 special teams snaps against the Ravens and had a handful of shaky-looking snaps. Muhlbach, on the other hand, was recently praised by the Lions special teams coach, saying that Don has been "flawless" this offseason.

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