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Detroit Lions Bubble Watch: Preseason Week 2

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After the first preseason game and a handful of injuries, the Lions’ roster bubble looks a lot different.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

When we last checked in on Bubble Watch, Kenny Golladay hadn’t taken the NFL by storm, Greg Robinson hadn’t established himself as the clear No. 1 left tackle and the Detroit Lions could still sport more than one healthy defensive end.

So as to say, a lot has changed in a week. To see how drastically the positional battles have moved in the past week, we got the Pride of Detroit cast back together to give their opinions on who’s in and who’s out on the Lions’ roster bubble.

Offense

POD Staffer QB Jake Rudock QB Brad Kaaya RB Dwayne Washington RB Matt Asiata WR Jace Billingsley WR TJ Jones WR Jared Abbrederis WR Keshawn Martin TE Cole Wick TE Tim Wright T Storm Norton OT Cornelius Lucas
POD Staffer QB Jake Rudock QB Brad Kaaya RB Dwayne Washington RB Matt Asiata WR Jace Billingsley WR TJ Jones WR Jared Abbrederis WR Keshawn Martin TE Cole Wick TE Tim Wright T Storm Norton OT Cornelius Lucas
Jeremy Reisman In Out In Out Out In In Out Out In In Out
Alex Reno In Out In Out Out In Out Out In Out Out In
Kent Lee Platte In Out In, just get him off returns Out In In Out Out Out In Out In
Chris Lemieux In Out Out In Out In Out Out In Out Out In
Justin Simon In Out In Out Out In Out Out Out In Out In
Mike Payton In Out Out Out Out In Out Out Out In In Out
Andrew Kato In Out Out Out Out In In Out Out In In Out
Ryan Mathews In Out In Out Out In Out Out Out In Out In
Kyle Yost In Out In Out Out In In Out Out In In Out
Change 0 0 2 -5 -1 1 3 -2 -1 1 2 -1

There were a lot of changes to the Lions’ skill positions after the first preseason game. While Brad Kaaya did nothing to garner faith from our staff, Dwayne Washington sure did. He finished with the most rushing yards in Sunday’s match-up against the Colts and was the first-string kick returner.

As a result, faith in Matt Asiata is plummeting. At this point, it looks like he’s taking a similar path to 2016 Stevan Ridley. His five rushes for six yards is not going to cut it.

At wide receiver, we saw a similar amount of movement. Our staff is almost unanimously out on both Jace Billingsley and Keshawn Martin, while faith in Jared Abbrederis is rising. At this point, it looks like TJ Jones is untouchable, but Wednesday’s development that Kenny Golladay took over first-team reps at practice could affect next week’s Bubble Watch.

Defense

POD Staffer DE Alex Barrett DE Pat O'Connor DT Khyri Thornton DT/DE Jeremiah Ledbetter CB DJ Hayden CB Johnson Bademosi CB Quandre Diggs CB Jamal Agnew S Don Carey S Alex Carter
POD Staffer DE Alex Barrett DE Pat O'Connor DT Khyri Thornton DT/DE Jeremiah Ledbetter CB DJ Hayden CB Johnson Bademosi CB Quandre Diggs CB Jamal Agnew S Don Carey S Alex Carter
Jeremy Reisman In In Out In In In Out In Out In
Alex Reno In In Out In In In Out In Out In
Kent Lee Platte In In Out In In Out Out In Out In
Chris Lemieux In In Out In In Out Out In Out In
Justin Simon In Out Out In In Out In In In In
Mike Payton In In Out In In In Out In In In
Andrew Kato In In Out In In Out Out In In In
Ryan Mathews In In In In In In Out In In Out
Kyle Yost In In Out In In Out Out In Out In
Change 9 8 1 0 1 -2 0 0 1 0

New to Bubble Watch this week: DE Alex Barrett (on the rise), DE Pat O’Connor (on the rise
Off the Bubble: DE/LB Brandon Copeland (waived), DE Jeremiah Valoaga (unanimous “in”)

We added two new defensive lineman to this week’s Bubble Watch: rookies Alex Barrett and Pat O’Connor. Both were presumed Outs last week, but with the injuries to Kerry Hyder and Brandon Copeland, both are now near-unanimous Ins. That goes to show you just how quickly roster spots can change.

That being said, expectations haven’t changed much in the secondary. Quandre Diggs didn’t do anything in the preseason to gain faith over D.J. Hayden, who had at least one impressive play against the Colts. Pride of Detroit continues to be split about the future of veteran special teamer Don Carey, while Alex Carter still has a lot of believers.