The Detroit Lions will have some difficult decisions to make later in training camp when cuts start having to be made. However, the first preseason game helped to bring some clarity to the situation. Here is my attempt at constructing the Lions 53-man roster based on where we are today.
The first big decision comes at quarterback where the Lions will have to decide if they would rather continue to carry three or use the roster spot elsewhere. With what Kellen Moore showed in his first preseason game of year two, the roster spot is better used elsewhere.
Montell Owens playing a big role on special teams should surprise no one but the fact that he got looks in a couple multiple-back offensive sets Friday night tells me his role on this team could be even bigger.
The top four are set, it’s just a matter of sorting out who fills the last two spots on the wide receiver depth chart. Matt Willis gets the nod for his very good performance against the Jets and special teams ability, Spurlock gets the nod as the team’s return man.
I like Joseph Fauria as a prospect but there just wasn’t room. Hopefully the Lions can retain him on the practice squad in case of injury and for the future but leaving him unprotected is a risk the Lions have to take.
Dylan Gandy serves as the backup center, Jake Scott may be interchangeable with another guard on the training camp roster.
The Lions’ depth on the defensive line may lead to the team carrying one additional player than usual. If they don’t go in that direction, Ronnell Lewis may be very disappointed on cut day.
Six linebackers is a little thin but the Lions might roll with it if they are confident in whoever doesn’t win the starting job between Palmer and Whitehead. Lewis can play inside and outside, the versatility helps the Lions stay lean at linebacker to keep an extra defensive end.
Roster spots at corner could be up for grabs depending on health, particularly as it relates to Greenwood. The Lions knew it would be a slow process with him but the nagging injuries are starting to really cut into his development.
Rugland is a great story but Akers is the man unless he falls apart in the last three preseason games.