Five Detroit Lions That Could Lose Their Roster Spot in 2012

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Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) is unable to make a catch while being defended by Detroit Lions defensive back Alphonso Smith (27) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Alphonso Smith

To some extent Alphonso Smith is the forgotten man in the Detroit Lions’ secondary. He’s looked both brilliant and terrible at times and it is hard to get a read on where he stands with the Lions. There were previously rumors that he was on the trading block but he remains with the team – for now, at least. Reports out of Allen Park suggest Chris Houston and Aaron Berry are front-runners to be the Lions’ starting cornerbacks in 2012 with Jacob Lacey getting the longest look as the team’s nickel back. Rookie cornerbacks Bill Bentley and Jonte Green seem to have made good early impressions on the coaching staff and while a leg injury has slowed fellow rookie Chris Greenwood, the Lions are high on his long-term potential. The puts Alphonso Smith in a tight spot – one that could eventually lead to his departure.

Nov 21, 2010; Arlington, TX, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Ashlee Palmer (58) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons- US PRESSWIRE

Ashlee Palmer

A surprising aggressive move by the Lions on the third day of the 2012 draft put Ashlee Palmer squarely on the roster bubble. The Lions traded a 2013 fourth-round pick to acquire and additional fifth-round pick in 2012 to select Tahir Whitehead. He has repeatedly been singled out as looking impressive in team workouts and the coaching staff is high on his versatility and ability to play special teams. Add in the fact that Doug Hogue is due for an increased role and it begins to be difficult to see where Ashlee Palmer fits in with the Lions.

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