The long wait is nearly over. The Detroit Lions will kick off their regular season in just one week from today. After Saturday's crazy day of cuts, the Lions have established their 53-man roster. There were some surprises, there was some confusion and, as always, there was some anger. But after all was said and done, the Lions made more expected moves than surprising ones.
So today's Question of the Day is:
What grade do you give the Lions' 53-man roster?
Here's a look at it as a reminder:
|Players currently on roster: 53|
|QB Matthew Stafford||TE Eric Ebron||DE Ziggy Ansah||CB Darius Slay|
|QB Dan Orlovsky||TE Cole Wick||DE Devin Taylor||CB Nevin Lawson|
|TE Orson Charles||DE Wallace Gilberry||CB Quandre Diggs|
|RB Ameer Abdullah||DE Brandon Copeland||CB Johnson Bademosi|
|RB Theo Riddick||OT Riley Reiff||DE Anthony Zettel||CB Adairius Barnes|
|RB Zach Zenner||OT Taylor Decker|
|RB Dwayne Washington||OT Cornelius Lucas||DT Haloti Ngata||S Glover Quin|
|OT Corey Robinson||DT Tyrunn Walker||S Rafael Bush|
|FB Michael Burton||DT A'Shawn Robinson||S Tavon Wilson|
|OG Laken Tomlinson||DT Khyri Thornton||S Miles Killebrew|
|WR Marvin Jones||OG Larry Warford||DT Stefan Charles||S Don Carey|
|WR Golden Tate||OG Joe Dahl||DT Kerry Hyder|
|WR Anquan Boldin||K Matt Prater|
|WR Andre Roberts||C Travis Swanson||LB DeAndre Levy|
|C Graham Glasgow||LB Tahir Whitehead||P Sam Martin|
|LB Josh Bynes|
|LB Kyle Van Noy||LS Don Muhlbach|
|LB Antwione Williams|
|LB Jon Bostic|
My answer: Considering the 90-man roster this team had, this is a pretty solid B+ crew. I love that Bob Quinn was willing to turn the page on developmental projects that didn't seem to be budding. I honestly think keeping two quarterbacks was the right move, and I believe Jake Rudock can and should make it to the practice squad.
My biggest questions with the roster are at wide receiver and cornerback. While I suspected Andre Roberts would make the final 53, I had no idea he would be essentially the only non-starter on the roster. I imagine this will change before the start of the regular season, but it's still a little surprising to see. The Lions are similarly shorthanded at cornerback, and the fact that UDFA Adairius Barnes still has me in shock.
Outside of those two positions, I'm actually very happy with the cuts that were made, and I look forward to seeing how Quinn will tinker with the roster and fill out the practice squad.
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