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Detroit Lions Roster Bubble Watch Week 2: Ameer Abdullah nearing roster-lock status

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After an impressive preseason game, is Ameer Abdullah now a roster-lock?

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With one preseason game on the record, it’s time to revisit the Detroit Lions’ roster. With players making an impression against the Oakland Raiders last week—both positive and negative—the outlook for those roster bubble players has already changed drastically.

So, again, I polled the Pride of Detroit staff to give their best predictions of which players are on the outside looking in, and who’s stuck on the outside of the roster bubble.

It’s Week 2 Bubble Watch!

Catch up on the previous versions here:

Offense Bubble Watch Week 2

Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Kyle Yost Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar
Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Kyle Yost Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar
QB Jake Rudock OUT OUT OUT OUT IN IN OUT BYE GUY OUT OUT OUT
QB Matt Cassel IN IN IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN IN IN
RB Ameer Abdullah IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN
RB Zach Zenner OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT IN Milk Carton OUT OUT OUT
WR Jace Billinglsey OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT :( :( :( :( OUT OUT OUT, BUT IN MY HEART
WR Teo Redding OUT OUT IN OUT OUT IN IN OUT OUT OUT IN
G Kenny Wiggins IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN
G/C Leo Koloamatangi IN IN IN IN IN OUT IN OUT IN IN IN
T Corey Robinson IN OUT IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN OUT OUT
T Brian Mihalik OUT IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT IN OUT IN IN

Biggest movers: Corey Robinson (+5), Leo Koloamatangi (+4 votes)
Biggest fallers: Brian Mihalik (-2), Jace Billingsley (-2)

Strangely, there was a lot of changes made to the offensive line bubble. Though there weren’t a lot of standouts from Friday’s game along the offensive line, apparently the POD staff gained a lot of trust in Corey Robinson and lost a lot in Brian Mihalik. Perhaps it was simply due to familiarity, as Robinson played nearly twice the snaps that Mihalik played (33 vs. 18).

Elsewhere, Ameer Abdullah is making a case to come off the roster bubble completely. After Friday’s performance, in which Abdullah made quite an impression in the running game, passing game and even a little on special teams, only one staffer (Alex Reno) has Abdullah not making the final roster. Reno is also the final holdout on the Zach Zenner train.

Elsewhere, both Teo Redding and Jace Billingsley took hits after lackluster preseason performances, leading several staffers to list them both as out, suggesting the Lions only keep four receivers on their roster—as Hamza Baccouche suggested last week.

Defense Bubble Watch Week 2

Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Kyle Yost Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar
Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Kyle Yost Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar
DE Jeremiah Valoaga IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN
DE Cornelius Washington OUT OUT IN IN OUT IN OUT NO OUT IN IN
DT Christian Ringo OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT NO AGIN OUT OUT OUT
DT Jeremiah Ledbetter IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN
LB Jonathan Freeny IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN
LB Chad Meredith OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT
LB Steve Longa IN IN IN IN IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT IN
S Miles Killebrew OUT OUT OUT IN IN IN IN IN IN (BUT AS A LB) OUT OUT
S Charles Washington IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN
S Rolan Milligan OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT

New to bubble watch: Steve Longa, Rolan Milligan

Biggest mover: Charles Washington (+4)
Biggest faller: Chad Meredith (-1)

There’s a lot more consensus on the defensive side of the ball again this week, and the only real changes happened in at the safety position. After an awful performance from Rolan Milligan—who looked to be trending upwards in training camp—belief in Charles Washington is at an all-time high. Washington’s chances of making the roster also likely skyrocketed when Miles Killebrew started taking snaps at the linebacker position.

Interestingly, despite only playing seven snaps in the preseason opener, confidence remains relatively high for Killebrew himself. Six of 11 staffers still have him on the roster. We’ll see if the Lions continue to keep Killebrew at linebacker, and if so, can he work his way up the depth chart there and see some more significant playing time against the Giants this week?