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2021 Detroit Lions establish initial 53-man roster

A look at the Detroit Lions’ roster after their initial 53-man cutdown.

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The Detroit Lions have their initial roster for the 2021 roster set. After moving on from several players from the previous regime, and even ones hand-selected by this new era of Lions football, Detroit has what appears to be their core for the upcoming season, which is less than two weeks away.

While this is the initial 53-man roster, it’s always important to point out that it almost certainly will not be the team’s final 53-man roster. There’s a good probability that players like quarterback Tim Boyle and defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand will go on the injured reserve list, opening up two more roster spots. Additionally, the Lions are likely to add a player or two from the waiver wire, forcing them to create another roster spot or two.

But for now, here’s what the Lions’ 53-man roster looks like at the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Quarterbacks (3)

Jared Goff
Tim Boyle
David Blough

Running backs (5)

D’Andre Swift
Jamaal Williams
Jermar Jefferson
Godwin Igwebuike
Jason Cabinda (FB)

Wide receivers (6)

Tyrell Williams
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Kalif Raymond
Quintez Cephus
Trinity Benson - acquired via trade with Broncos
Tom Kennedy

Tight ends (2)

T.J. Hockenson
Darren Fells

Offensive line (8)

Taylor Decker
Jonah Jackson
Frank Ragnow
Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Penei Sewell
Matt Nelson
Evan Brown
Logan Stenberg

Defensive tackle (7)

Michael Brockers
Alim McNeill
Da’Shawn Hand
Nick Williams
Levi Onwuzurike
John Penisini
Kevin Strong

EDGE (5)

Trey Flowers
Romeo Okwara
Julian Okwara
Austin Bryant
Charles Harris

Linebacker (5)

Jamie Collins Sr.
Alex Anzalone
Derrick Barnes
Jalen Reeves-Maybin
Anthony Pittman

Cornerback (6)

Jeff Okudah
Amani Oruwariye
Ifeatu Melifonwu
A.J. Parker
Bobby Price
Jerry Jacobs

Safety (4)

Tracy Walker
Will Harris
Dean Marlowe
C.J. Moore

Specialists (2)

P Jack Fox
LS Scott Daly