The Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster has been established, but Bob Quinn is likely not done making changes to the roster. There were some surprise cuts all around the league and some of our own, as well.
Many believed that Tom Savage had locked down the backup gig behind Matthew Stafford, but Josh Johnson must have really impressed the coaches during his final preseason game performance. Dee Virgin defied all odds and made the final roster in back-to-back years (he was technically claimed by the Lions after cut down day), showing how important it is to have special teams value.
This year’s roster looks much deeper across the board compared to last year’s roster, but there are still some legitimate holes on the roster, especially when it comes to depth across the offensive line.
We will see how satisfied the Lions really are with their current 53 and what players or positions they will target on the waiver wire.
What changes, if any, would you make to the current Lions 53-man roster?
My answer: I think there are some really talented players available on the waiver wire, but most of all at the wide receiver position. Players like Keelan Doss, Braxton Berrios and Stanley Morgan Jr. were all let go from their teams and had solid training camps. I personally like Morgan the most of the three, but think all of those options could be upgrades over Lacy, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add a sixth receiver either.
Doss is another favorite of mine, and it just so happens that the Lions had shown some interest in him, too, being the only team that formally met with him during the NFL Combine. He is a versatile piece that can play on the outside, as well as in the slot. Berrios is another intriguing option, and the Lions had an up-close look at him during joint practices with the Patriots.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of offensive linemen out there who were let go that could step in right away and contribute as top-end backups for the Lions, but I do think that a guy like Stefan Wisniewski is someone to give a long, hard look at. Wisniewski started for the Eagles during their Super Bowl run and has had a long, productive career to date. He’s coming off of a rough 2018 campaign and an even worse preseason, but if he can get back to his old form, it would really help out the Lions, who are desperate for some OL depth.
Alex Bars is another name I’d like the Lions to look at. He went undrafted in 2019 and signed with the Bears. After a very strong training camp, the Bears decided to keep Cornelius Lucas as a reserve tackle, rather than going with the young guard/tackle prospect. This move shocked many Bears fans, and it seemed like Bars would make final roster after becoming a fan favorite and playing well when given the opportunities.