In what will be an ongoing series, I will be taking a look at each position on the Detroit Lions roster and examine where things stand, who has the best shot at making the final 53-man roster, and whether or not we improved in this area. Next up, fullback.
Current players under contract: Jed Collins, Chad Abram
The Detroit Lions haven’t used the traditional fullback role since 2010 before they let Jerome Felton go. Former Saints FB Jed Collins would be a familiar face to current offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, as they spent the last four years together with the Saints.
Collins has had an interesting NFL career, and the Lions will be his eighth team in just his seventh year in the league.
Collins earned a +11.9 overall grade and +11.0 run grade via Pro Football Focus during his four-year stint with the New Orleans Saints, and would add a nice push to the Lions’ run game.
Chances of making final roster: 95% (starting fullback)
Chad Abram is an undrafted free agent out of Florida State who really stood out as a bulldozing ball carrier, punishing run-blocker, and an excellent special teams player.
Abram will really need to impress coaches during training camp and preseason if he wants to beat out Collins for a starting role.
I could see the possibility of Abram finding his niche as a special teams player for the Lions, but the most-likely case scenario for him would be to earn a spot on this year’s practice squad.
Chances of making final roster: 5% (practice squad)
Did We Improve?
Yes. Having a fullback > not having one.
Having a veteran player like Jed Collins who is familiar with the offensive playbook in place means we’re set at the fullback position.