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Detroit Lions release unofficial 2016 depth chart

Don’t read too much into this, but the Lions have their first unofficial depth chart of 2016.

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Okay, before we get into this, it remains incredibly important that you realize the original, unofficial Detroit Lions depth chart means absolutely nothing. For example, last year’s unofficial depth chart had Theo Riddick as the No. 1 running back ahead of Ameer Abdullah. Laken Tomlinson was second-string behind Manny Ramirez. Joseph Fauria was the second-string tight end, and he didn’t even end up making the team.

With that very important preface, here is a look at the Lions’ first, unofficial 2016 depth chart, as released by the team on Monday.


QB: Matthew Stafford | Dan Orlovsky | Jake Rudock

RB: Ameer Abdullah | Theo Riddick | Stevan Ridley | Michael Burton/Zach Zenner/George Winn/Dwayne Washington

WR: Golden Tate | TJ Jones | Andre Roberts | Quinshad Davis

WR: Marvin Jones | Jeremy Kerley | Jay Lee

WR: Anquan Boldin | Andre Caldwell | Jace Billingsley | Alex Chisum

TE: Eric Ebron | Matthew Mulligan | Orson Charles | Adam Fuehne/Cole Wick/Ben McCord

LT: Taylor Decker | Cornelius Lucas | Corey Robinson

LG: Laken Tomlinson | Joe Dahl

C: Travis Swanson | Gabe Ikard | Graham Glasgow

RG: Larry Warford | Geoff Schwartz | Chase Farris

RT: Riley Reiff | Michael Ola | Luke Marquardt


DE: Devin Taylor | Brandon Copeland | Kerry Hyder | Anthony Zettel

DT: Tyrunn Walker | Caraun Reid | Stefan Charles | A’Shawn Robinson

DT: Haloti Ngata | Gabe Wright | Khyri Thornton | Louis Palmer

DE: Ezekiel Ansah | Wallace Gilberry | Quanterus Smith | Deonte Gibson

OLB: Josh Bynes | Khaseem Greene

MLB: Tahir Whitehead | Jon Bostic | Antwione Williams

OLB: Kyle Van Noy | Zaviar Gooden | Chi Chi Ariguzo

CB: Darius Slay | Johnson Bademosi | Darrin Walls | Keith Lewis/Adairius Barnes

CB: Nevin Lawson | Quandre Diggs | Crezdon Butler | Ian Wells/Alex Carter

SS: Rafael Bush | Don Carey | Miles Killebrew

FS: Glover Quin | Tavon Wilson | Isaiah Johnson | Charles Washington

Special teams

K: Matt Prater | Devon Bell

P: Sam Martin

LS: Don Muhlbach | Jimmy Landes

KO: Sam Martin | Matt Prater | Devon Bell

H: Sam Martin

KR: Ameer Abdullah | TJ Jones | Quandre Diggs | Jeremy Kerley/Andre Roberts/Dwayne Washington

PR: Golden Tate | TJ Jones | Ameer Abdullah | Jeremy Kerley/Andre Roberts/Jace Billingsley

What are your thoughts on this mostly meaningless list? Where did fullback go? Is every rookie really buried that far down on the depth chart? A’Shawn Robinson at fourth-string? Really?

Overreact in the comments below.

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