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Tuesday open thread: Who will be the Detroit Lions’ WR4?

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Is that player even currently on the roster?

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The best preseason is the preseason where none of your players get injured. After less than a quarter of play, the Detroit Lions weren’t having the best kind of preseason.

In last Thursday’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots, Jermaine Kearse suffered a terrible injury, breaking his leg on the team’s first offensive possession.

While Kearse was a late addition to the Lions roster in June of this offseason, the veteran wideout seemed on track to make the team as their fourth wide receiver. His familiarity with Darrell Bevell’s offense—Kearse played the first five seasons of his NFL career in Seattle with Bevell as offensive coordinator—and his impressive training camp was more than enough to consider him the guy to fill that spot on Detroit’s roster.

With his injury, that position is entirely up in the air.

Another part of the appeal with Kearse was his versatility, specifically his ability to line up outside the numbers as well as in the slot. Right now, the Lions roster doesn’t have a player similar to Kearse’s makeup: sound, versatile, and proven.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Who will be the Lions WR4?

Truth be told, I haven’t a clue because I’m not sold it’s any player currently on this roster. The Lions brought back a familiar set of hands in wide receiver Deontez Alexander, but I wouldn’t place any bets on him being kept over a player like Brandon Powell who the team clearly values because of what he brings to the table on special teams.

But would the team be comfortable with Powell as its replacement should any of the players above him on the depth chart miss time? My guess is no considering the kind of player they did have occupying that spot before he was placed on injured reserve.

Your turn.