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Detroit Lions preseason Week 4 bubble watch: Is the WR battle over?

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The Lions' 53-man roster looks to be shaping up and our nine staffers are beginning to come to an agreement.

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With just one week left in the preseason, and cuts down to 75-men imminent, the Detroit Lions roster is beginning to take form. With each preseason game played, the Lions’ plan becomes more clear and the Pride Of Detroit staff is inching closer to consensus regarding players once regarded as a toss-up on the roster. With that in mind, here are our latest bubble watch predictions.

Offense

QB Jake Rudock RB Dwayne Washington RB George Winn WR TJ Jones WR Jay Lee WR Andre Roberts TE Andrew Quarless TE Matthew Mulligan G Geoff Schwartz OT Michael Ola OT Cornelius Lucas
Jeremy Reisman Out In Out In Out In Out (Susp) In In In In
Alex Reno Out In Out In Out In Out In Out In Out
Kent Lee Platte In In Out In Out In Out (Susp) In Out In (IR?) In
Chris Lemieux Out In Out In Out In Out In Out In Out
Justin Simon Out In Out In Out In In In Out In In
Mike Payton Out In Out In Out In Out Out In In Out
Andrew Kato Out In Out In Out In Out In In In In
Ryan Mathews Out In Out In Out In Out In In In Out
Kyle Yost Out In Out In Out In In Out In In Out
Change +1 +5 -2 +1 -1 +3 N/A N/A -4 N/A -2

Dwayne Washington was the biggest mover, as the release of Stevan Ridley almost guarantees his roster spot, unless George Winn does something amazing in the final preseason game. On the other side of the coin, Geoff Schwartz's stock took a big hit, after he sat out another preseason game. Well, it turns out those who changed their mind were correct, as Schwartz was released earlier on Monday. The acquisition of offensive lineman Brandon Thomas in a trade may have sealed his fate.

Update: Another player who all but two of the Pride Of Detroit staff missed the call on was Matthew Mulligan, the tight end the Lions released Monday afternoon. It appears as though the team could be sold on Cole Wick's skill set, or Eric Ebron and/or Brandon Pettigrew could be closer to returning than not.

According to the POD staff, the wide receiver battle is essentially over. We have full consensus on Andre Roberts and TJ Jones being the fourth and fifth options behind the Lions' clear top three receivers. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the Lions' second-tier receivers were plagued by drops on Saturday night.

Defense

DT Gabe Wright DT Stefan Charles DT Khyri Thornton DE Anthony Zettel LB Khaseem Greene LB Zaviar Gooden CB Alex Carter CB Crezdon Butler CB Darrin Walls S Don Carey
Jeremy Reisman Out Out In In Out Out In Out In In
Alex Reno In Out In In Out Out In Out In Out
Kent Lee Platte In Out In Out Out Out In Out Out In
Chris Lemieux In Out In In In Out In Out Out In
Justin Simon In Out In Out Out Out In Out In In
Mike Payton Out Out In In Out Out In Out In In
Andrew Kato In Out In In Out Out Out Out In In
Ryan Mathews Out Out In In Out In Out Out In In
Kyle Yost In Out In In Out Out Out Out In In
Change No change -2 +2 No change +1 N/A +1 -2 -2 N/A

On defense, the situation at defensive tackle remains muddied. Gabe Wright is in by a vote of 6-3, while everyone agrees that Stefan Charles is out and Khyri Thornton has played his way onto the roster. The debate, therefore, rests in how many defensive tackles the Lions will keep. If it's six, Wright is in. If it's five, a player like Anthony Zettel may have a shot at the roster. Currently, seven of nine believe the Lions should make room for Zettel.

In the secondary, we are inching closer to a consensus. Alex Carter gained another believer this week, while Crezdon Butler failed to impress anyone. Update: Crezdon Butler was a player that none of the Pride Of Detroit staff anticipated making the final 53-man roster, and on Monday the team cut the cornerback.

Darrin Walls is an interesting situation. Walls was considered one of the Lions' best backup corners on the roster, but after a shaky performance in Baltimore, he is no longer a unanimous pick to make the final 53. Don Carey, who failed to log a single defensive snap against the Ravens, makes an appearance on the list. Although only Alex Reno believes his spot on the roster is gone.

#LongSnapperWatch2016

Jimmy Landes or Don Muhlbach
Jeremy Reisman Don Muhlbach
Alex Reno Don Muhlbach
Kent Lee Platte Jimmy Landes
Chris Lemieux Don Muhlbach
Justin Simon Don Muhlbach
Mike Payton Don Muhlbach
Andrew Kato Don Muhlbach
Ryan Mathews Don Muhlbach
Kyle Yost Don Muhlbach
Change Don + 3

Only Kent remains in Jimmy Landes' corner after an inconsistent performance on Saturday night. Don Muhlbach may not have received any snaps against the Ravens, but that allowed him to keep his reputation clean, while Landes only hurt his chances. Update: As Jimmy Landes season was cut short due to an apparent shoulder injury and a move to the Lions IR, Don Muhlbach has emerged as the Lions long snapper for the 2016 season.