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2020 Detroit Lions Bubble Watch: Predicting roster moves on offense

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Our staff makes their roster prediction on the offensive side of the ball.

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As the Detroit Lions kick off actual practices in training camp, it’s time to revive our Bubble Watch series. In this weekly article, we will poll the Pride of Detroit crew to see which of the players on the 53-man roster bubble will make the team, and who will be on the outside looking in.

Each week, we’ll track which players are trending upwards and which are trending downwards, with certain players jumping on and off the bubble as we go. Of course, with only a limited amount of media coverage from training camp this year and no preseason games to analyze, it won’t be as easy and as thorough as in past year, but we’ll try to do our best with the information available to us.

The Lions already gave us some clues about their roster intentions by cutting down to just 80 players on Sunday. With that being said, here are our opinions on the players currently on the roster bubble, starting today with the offense.

Offense

2020 Lions bubble watch: Offense

Player Jeremy Reisman Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Hamza Alex Reno Andrew Kato Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar In total
Player Jeremy Reisman Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Hamza Alex Reno Andrew Kato Mansur Shaheen John Whiticar In total
QB David Blough IN OUT IN IN IN IN OUT IN 6
RB Jason Huntley OUT IN OUT OUT IN IN IN IN 5
RB Ty Johnson IN IN IN IN OUT OUT OUT OUT 4
FB Nick Bawden IN IN IN IN OUT IN IN IN 7
TE Hunter Bryant OUT IN OUT IN IN OUT OUT OUT 3
WR Marvin Hall IN IN IN IN IN OUT IN OUT 6
WR Jamal Agnew IN OUT IN IN OUT IN OUT IN 5
WR Quintez Cephus IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8
G Oday Aboushi OUT OUT OUT IN OUT OUT IN OUT 2
G Beau Benzschawel IN IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN 7
OT Dan Skipper OUT OUT IN OUT OUT IN IN OUT 3
OT Matt Nelson OUT IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 1

Somewhat safe (6-8 in votes):

David Blough (6 votes) - The age-old question: two quarterbacks or three? Blough is solidly the third quarterback on the roster, but with a backup quarterback they trust in Chase Daniel, will the Lions bother using a roster spot on Blough? For now, the staff believes the answer is yes.

FB Nick Bawden (7 votes) - Bawden is in a serious camp battle with tight end Isaac Nauta. Nauta feels safe due to Detroit’s lack of depth at tight end, but the big question is whether Nauta can pull double duty at fullback to make Bawden’s roster spot redundant.

WR Marvin Hall (6 votes) - After last year’s big-play ability, our staff is fairly confident Hall locks up a roster spot. The recent cuts of Chris Lacy and Travis Fulgham only help his case.

WR Quintez Cephus (8 votes) - Those cuts help out Cephus even more. The big-bodied receiver is nearly off the bubble completely as a 2020 fifth-round pick.

G Beau Benzschawel (7 votes) - Benzschawel was likely going to make the roster anyways, but Russel Bodine’s opt out means that Benzschawel may be the unopposed backup center in Detroit.

50/50 shot (3-5 votes)

RB Jason Huntley (5 votes) - Huntley vs. Ty Johnson may be the most interesting camp battle on the Lions roster. Both are quick, speedy options to catch passes out of the backfield, while also bringing return specialist skills. There could certainly be room for both on the roster, but for now, the staff is giving the slight edge to the 2020 draft pick over the 2019 draft pick.

RB Ty Johnson (4 votes) - See above.

TE Hunter Bryant (3 votes) - The Lions’ most notable undrafted rookie pickup, Bryant has the benefit of a weak tight end room. However, with a shortened offseason and a long learning curve for the tight end position, it will still be an uphill battle for Bryant.

WR Jamal Agnew (5 votes) - Like Huntley and Johnson, Agnew will be hoping his supreme athleticism catches the eyes of Lions coaches. As a solid returner for the past three years, the Lions know his value on special teams. But now a full-time player on offense, can Agnew produce on that side of the ball, too?

OT Dan Skipper (3 votes) - Will the Lions keep a fourth offensive tackle this year? It’s not unheard of, but it’s pretty clear the top three spots are already taken by Taylor Decker, Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Tyrell Crosby, unless you still think Vaitai will play guard.

Work to do (0-2 votes)

G Oday Aboushi (2 votes) - The Lions added a ton of talent at guard this offseason, and it could very well push Aboushi off the roster this year. He’ll need to prove his veteran presence is still valuable to the team over the talented youths starting to take over the position (Jonah Jackson, Logan Stenberg, Benzschawel).

OT Matt Nelson (1 vote) - Nelson is likely still adjusting to a transition from defense to offense. Given that the Lions are already somewhat set at tackle, he’s definitely a long shot to make the roster.