Detroit Lions 53-Man Roster Prediction: Preseason Week 3 Edition

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The Detroit Lions are now halfway through preseason action, and have just two games left to play before the start of the regular season.

Combining what we’ve heard out of training camp with what we’ve seen during the preseason so far, I will make an attempt at my first 53-man roster prediction for the Lions.

Here goes nothing.

August 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback (3)

  • Matthew Stafford
  • Dan Orlovsky
  • Kellen Moore

If it were up to me, I would choose to keep just two quarterbacks to make room for someone who could contribute on special teams at another position.

However, I believe head coach Jim Caldwell and company will value the third quarterback spot, and having an intelligent player with upside like Kellen Moore may prove worthy.

Despite Caldwell saying otherwise, there seemed to be a slight QB controversy brewing between the backups after a stellar performance from Moore against the Browns, preceding Orlovsky’s struggles.

Those rumors were quickly put to rest after an impressive showing from Orlovsky against the Raiders even with the offensive line struggling in front of him.

The fourth QB on the roster — James Franklin — has absolutely no shot at making the team. He’s barely received any reps in practice, and he’s yet to see the field in a preseason game.