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Detroit Lions final bubble watch: Who’s in and who’s out?

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A final look at the statuses of the Lions’ roster bubble players.

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Now that the preseason is over, it’s time to look at the Detroit Lions roster bubble. It seems like the bubble is bigger this year than any other year, and, unfortunately, that’s not a good thing. There haven’t been any depth players that have played consistent enough to warrant a “lock” status, and therefore there are probably 5-10 roster spot open for nearly 20 different players.

So here is our staff’s thoughts on the players remaining on the roster bubble and their status going into cut weekend.

Final bubble watch: Offense

Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar Kyle Yost Change
Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar Kyle Yost Change
QB Jake Rudock OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT BYE, "FELICIA" OUT RIP AHHHHHHHH OUT 0
QB Matt Cassel IN IN IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN HHHHHHHHH IN 0
RB Ameer Abdullah IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 1
RB Zach Zenner OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0
WR Jace Billinglsey OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0
WR Teo Redding OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0
WR Brandon Powell OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT -1
TE Hakeem Valles IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 0
TE Michael Roberts IN OUT IN IN OUT IN IN OUT IN IN IN -2
G Kenny Wiggins IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 4
G Joe Dahl OUT IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 2
G Wesley Johnson OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT -1
G/C Leo Koloamatangi IN OUT IN OUT IN IN OUT IN IN OUT OUT -5
T Corey Robinson OUT IN OUT IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN IN -3
T Brian Mihalik IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 1

Biggest winners: Kenny Wiggins (+4), Joe Dahl (+2)
Biggest losers: Leo Koloamatangi (-5), Corey Robinson (-3)

Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of changes along the offensive line, as the Lions shook up their lineup yet again in the preseason finale. Wesley Johnson (-1) and Leo Koloamatangi (-5) played a ton of snaps on Thursday, indicating their status may not be safe.

Also, Corey Robinson’s injury has some people jumping ship, even though he was a unanimous in for nearly all of training camp.

Elsewhere, a few people have Michael Roberts on the outside looking in after getting more action in the preseason finale than breakout tight end Hakeem Valles.

Final bubble watch: Defense

Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar Kyle Yost Change
Player Jeremy Reisman Kent Lee Platte Justin Simon Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Alex Reno Chris Perfett Hamza Baccouche Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar Kyle Yost Change
DE Jeremiah Valoaga OUT OUT IN OUT IN OUT IN IN OUT OUT OUT 2
DE Alex Barrett OUT OUT IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN -2
DE Cam Johnson IN IN IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT IN IN OUT -1
DE Anthony Zettel IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN N/A
DT Christian Ringo OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0
DT Jeremiah Ledbetter IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 0
LB Eli Harold IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 0
LB Jonathan Freeny IN OUT IN IN IN OUT OUT IN OUT IN IN -4
LB Chad Meredith OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0
LB Freddie Bishop OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 1
LB/S Miles Killebrew IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 0
LB Trevor Bates IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT N/A

New to Bubble Watch: Anthony Zettel (trending down), Trevor Bates (trending up)

Biggest winners: Jeremiah Valoaga (+2), Freddie Bishop (+1)
Biggest losers: Jonathan Freeny (-4), Alex Barrett (-2)

Surprisingly little change in the defensive layout from our staff this week. After missing last week’s preseason game, Valoaga apparently won over some of our staff with the 20 snaps he played against the Browns.

Meanwhile, the fact that Jonathan Freeny nearly played for the entire game sent a clear message that he shouldn’t be as comfortable as most of us expected. Now only seven of 11 staff members have him on the inside.

Despite playing for a ton of snaps in the preseason finale, the staff still believes Anthony Zettel is in... except for Justin Simon. Conversely, after sitting Thursday night, we all think Miles Killebrew has nothing to worry about and is a consensus IN.