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Detroit Lions updated depth chart: Week 16 vs. Minnesota Vikings

An updated 2023 Detroit Lions depth chart based on our observations from recent games and practices. 

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In Week 16, the Detroit Lions (10-4) will take on the Minnesota Vikings (7-7) with a chance to clinch the NFC North. The Lions will be missing a few weekly contributors, but for the most part, they have a very healthy roster, which will surely help their chances of bringing home a victory and the division title.

In this updated look at the Lions’ depth chart, we have separated all players by position and listed them in order of perceived importance to the team. To help out your viewing experience, we listed each player’s number next to their name, bolded the projected starters, italicized injured players, and added an asterisk* after the rookies’ names.

Quarterback (2 + 1 inactive)

Running back/Fullback (3 + 1)

Wide receiver (5 + 1)

  • Amon-Ra St. Brown (14)
  • Jameson Williams (9)
  • Josh Reynolds (8)
  • Kalif Raymond (11)
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones (19)
  • Antoine Green* (80) — INACTIVE

Tight end (3 + 1)

Offensive line (8 + 2)

Projected starters

OL Reserves

Interior defensive line (3 + 2)

EDGE Rushers (6 + 1)

  • EDGE — Aidan Hutchinson (97)
  • DE/IDL — John Cominsky (79)
  • DE/IDL — Josh Paschal (93)
  • EDGE — Romeo Okwara (95)
  • DE/SAM — Julian Okwara (99)
  • DE/SAM — Charles Harris (53)
  • SAM — James Houston (41) — fibula, IR, eligible to return at any time

Off-the-ball linebacker (6 + 1)

  • WILL — Alex Anzalone (34)
  • MIKE — Jack Campbell* (46)
  • WILL/FB — Malcolm Rodriguez (44)
  • WILL — Jalen Reeves-Maybin (42)
  • MIKE/SAM — Anthony Pittman (57)
  • MIKE/SAM — Trevor Nowaske* (59)
  • MIKE/WILL — Derrick Barnes (55) — shoulder, DoubtfulINACTIVE

Cornerback (3 + 2)

  • Cameron Sutton (1)
  • Khalil Dorsey (30)
  • Kindle Vildor (29)
  • Steven Gilmore* (24) — INACTIVE
  • Jerry Jacobs (23) — hamstring, Ruled OUT

Star/Nickelback (3)

  • NB/S — Brian Branch* (32)
  • CB/NB Will Harris (25)
  • NB Chase Lucas (27)

Safety (3 + 1)

Kicking team (3)

Kick/Punt returners

  • Punt return — Kalif Raymond (11); reserve — Donovan Peoples-Jones (19)
  • Kick return — Khalil Dorsey (30); reserve — Craig Reynolds (13)

Kick coverage specialists

  • Kickoffs — Jack Fox (3)
  • Holder — Jack Fox (3)
  • Gunner — Khalil Dorsey (30) and Chase Lucas (27) or Kindle Vildor (29)
  • Personal protector (PP) — Jalen Reeves-Maybin (42)

At-a-glance projected depth chart

If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s an at-a-glance look at what was discussed above:

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