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Detroit Lions Bubble Watch: Training camp Week 1

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After a week’s worth of practice, we take a look at how our perspective has changed on bubble players

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While it’s way too early to declare any winners in training camp battles, a lot has changed in a week’s worth of time. The Detroit Lions have finally taken the practice field and our Pride Of Detroit staff has gotten a good look at the 2017 team.

With that in mind, we are going to revisit the players on the roster bubble—like we’ll do every week of the preseason. We’ll do this to check in on camp battles, but to also see how our opinions change from week to week.

Below are our best predictions for whether these “bubble” players will make the Lions’ final 53-man roster. At the bottom of each chart, you’ll see a number representing the change in “in” votes.

For a look at our pre-training camp Bubble Watch, click here.

2017 Bubble Watch - 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 Out In Out In Out Out In Out Out Out
Alex Reno In Out Out In Out Out Out In In Out Out In
Kent Lee Platte In Out In Out In In Out Out In Out Out In
Chris Lemieux In Out Out In Out In Out Out Out In In Out
Justin Simon In Out In Out Out In Out Out Out In Out In
Mike Payton In Out Out In In In Out Out Out In In Out
Andrew Kato In Out Out In Out In Out Out Out In Out In
Ryan Mathews In Out :( In Out Out In Out In Out In Out In
Kyle Yost In Out Out In Out In Out Out Out In Out In
Change 0 -1 2 -2 -1 0 -2 N/A 2 N/A 0 1

This week, we added Storm Norton to the bubble, since he earned himself a day’s worth of first-team reps at left tackle. Though he’s made some progress, he still doesn’t have many believers out of the POD staff. Only two believe the undrafted rookie will make the final 53-man roster.

The big movers this week were TJ Jones and Cornelius Lucas. Jones has looked particularly impressive during camp, adding a few pounds to his frame and looking like the reliable receiver and returner Detroit has been seeking for a while now. Cornelius Lucas likely has more believers simply because Corey Robinson remains on the PUP list and has yet to practice.

Elsewhere, our staffers are jumping off the Dwayne Washington bandwagon and welcoming Matt Asiata to the roster. Justin Simon is the sole Washington believer at the moment.

2017 Bubble Watch - Defense

POD Staffer DE Brandon Copeland DE Jeremiah Valoaga 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 Brandon Copeland DE Jeremiah Valoaga 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 Out Out In In In Out In Out In
Alex Reno In In Out In In In Out In Out In
Kent Lee Platte Out In Out In In Out Out In Out In
Chris Lemieux Out In Out In Out In Out In Out In
Justin Simon Out In Out In In Out In In Out In
Mike Payton In Out Out In In In Out In Out In
Andrew Kato Out In Out In In In Out In In In
Ryan Mathews In In Out In In Out Out In In Out
Kyle Yost In In Out In In In Out In In In
Change -2 N/A 0 0 N/A -2 -1 0 -5 2

This week we added Jeremiah Ledbetter to the bubble watch, and he’s already a unanimous pick to make the final roster. That likely comes at the expense of Khyri Thornton, who is now a unanimous cut after an uneventful week of training camp and a pending suspension.

This week’s big winner on defense was Alex Carter, who made a believer out of the large majority of the staff. After a week of promising training camp reports, Carter earned three more “ins” from the staff.

Faith in Jamal Agnew, who now is a unanimous “in,” has resulted in a big drop for Quandre Diggs. Four POD staffers turned their vote into an “out” after five practices.

Somehow, even less people know who Ego Ferguson is this week. Don’t expect him on next week’s list.