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Detroit Lions Bubble Watch Week 2: Offensive players who have helped, hurt their stock

Which roster bubble players have helped their case most in Week 1 of Lions training camp?

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We’re a week into Detroit Lions training camp and although the pads are coming on for the first time on Tuesday, we’ve already learned a lot from this team based on the first four practices. Some players haven’t managed to make it on the field, while others have worked their way into higher reps than initially believed.

So after a week, we’re going to take a closer look at the players who entered training camp on the bubble. Without a preseason game played yet, nothing at all has been decided yet, but first impressions have been made and initial plans from the coaching staff revealed.

So based on that, we polled the Pride of Detroit staff to see which players they believed have helped and hurt their cases after the first four practices of camp. Here are the players who are trending up and down on the offensive side of the ball.

Detroit Lions Bubble Watch Week 2: Offense

Player Jeremy Reisman Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Hamza Alex Reno Erik Schlitt John Whiticar Jerry Mallory TOTAL Change from last week
Player Jeremy Reisman Ryan Mathews Mike Payton Hamza Alex Reno Erik Schlitt John Whiticar Jerry Mallory TOTAL Change from last week
QB Tim Boyle IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 0
QB David Blough IN IN IN IN IN OUT OUT OUT 5 +2
RB Jermar Jefferson IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 0
RB Dedrick Mills OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0 0
FB Jason Cabinda IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 0
TE Alize Mack IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 +1
TE Hunter Thedford OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0 0
TE Brock Wright OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0 0
WR Geronimo Allison OUT OUT OUT IN OUT OUT OUT IN 2 0
WR Victor Bolden IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 +3
WR Quintez Cephus IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 0
WR Kalif Raymond IN IN IN OUT IN IN IN OUT 6 +1
WR Sage Surratt OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0 -3
OT Dan Skipper OUT OUT IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 1 0
OT Tyrell Crosby IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 0
G Logan Stenberg IN IN OUT IN IN IN IN IN 7 0
G/C Drake Jackson IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN 8 +5
C Evan Brown OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT 0 -1

Trending up

QB David Blough (+2) - Perhaps convinced by the team’s kind gesture of throwing a watch party for Blough’s wife Melissa Gonzalez, Blough has suddenly won over more than half our staff to keep a third quarterback. To be fair, though, there are football reasons, too. Blough has split second-team reps with Tim Boyle all of camp, and he had his best practice on Saturday.

WR Victor Bolden (+3) - Bolden has had a pretty solid start to camp. Getting some reps both at the slot and on the outside, his versatility could land him a roster spot. Though he’s still repping behind Kalif Raymond when it comes to returner reps, the staff—including myself—appears more open to keeping both around on the 53-man roster.

WR Kalif Raymond (+1) - Speaking of which, Raymond has held onto his position as lead returner, and even gotten some play with the first-team offense in the slot at times. Raymond’s speed is immediately obvious on the field, which is backed up by his solid return statistics in the NFL.

C Drake Jackson (+5) - With no Evan Brown or Evan Heim, Drake Jackson has gotten a lot of playing time as the second and third-team center. All of that could change in an instant if either of the Evans makes their way back onto the field. Additionally, it’s hard to really assess how well Jackson has been playing when the pads haven’t been put on yet. However, Jackson is a solid center prospect and he’s got a week's heads start on his competition.

Trending down

WR Sage Surratt (-3) - An undrafted rookie that Dan Campbell said he’d do backflips to sign, Surratt has had a very quiet start to camp. He’s clearly far down on the depth chart—as expected this early in camp—but hasn’t separated from that bunch yet. He’s also struggled at times with drops, and even muffed a kickoff on Saturday.

Evan Brown (-1) - He may have played a little center for the Lions last year, but if he can’t make it on the practice field, it’s hard to see how he’ll make the final roster.