Detroit Lions: Winners/Losers From Final Preseason Game

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Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore (17) gestures during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Kellen Moore

Although Kellen Moore has been cemented as the third-string quarterback all throughout training camp, it’s pretty clear that he’s been the best QB behind Stafford.

Despite his solid play, Jim Caldwell has a history of taking the safe approach, and I believe Dan Orlovsky‘s spot is as safe as anyone’s. Moore may not win the backup role behind Stafford, but after performing so well for the second preseason in a row, he’s made yet another case for the Lions to keep a third QB on the roster.

Corey Fuller

Fuller has had a lot of success this preseason with Kellen Moore under center. Both of Fuller’s touchdown catches resulted from a couple of deep balls thrown by Moore, and it appears they’ve built a little bit of chemistry together.

Depending on how many receivers the Lions choose to keep, it appears that Fuller’s best shot of making the final roster would mean beating out Kris Durham or Kevin Ogletree for one of the final spots as a backup outside receiver. His odds are slim at this point due to the coaching staff’s confidence in Durham and Ogletree’s ability, but he could change their minds after a solid preseason.

Ryan Broyles

Broyles has made the winners list for the fourth straight game, and his roster spot is still up in the air right now. It’s hard to gauge why Broyles has consistently been playing with the second and third-team offense, as well as practicing on the reserve field throughout training camp, but he hasn’t complained, and he’s done nothing but make plays and move the chains during preseason action.

Personally, I would be shocked if Ryan Broyles didn’t make the team. He’s been the most reliable receiver for the Lions lately, and has a knack for getting open.


If I singled out every defensive player who played well last night, this article would never end. The Lions created constant pressure against the Bills and it looked like there were five Stephen Petermans out there at the same time. This allowed the secondary to make some plays as well, including a few of interceptions created by Isa Abdul-Quddus, Mohammed Seisay and Nate Ness.

Nate Freese’s Confidence

Freese’s roster spot is 100 percent guaranteed after the release of Giorgio Tavecchio, but there were still some concerns with his consistency after an up-and-down training camp. Last night Freese nailed all three of his field goal attempts (53, 53, 28) and hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

Honorable Mentions:

George Winn, Sam Martin, Andre Fluellen, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Mohammed Seisay, Nate Ness, George Johnson, Caraun Reid, Julian Stanford, Jeremy Ross

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