SLR Roundtable: Detroit Lions Roster, Preseason Recap, Predictions

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Sep 3, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver T.J. Jones (13) runs for a touchdown after a catch against Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams (27) during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Late Thursday night, the Detroit Lions concluded their 2015 preseason with a 17-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills in a game that was all about auditions.

Since the 2015 preseason is officially in the books, we here at SideLion Report decided to sit down and discuss what we expect from this team and it’s players moving forward, as well as what we took away from the exhibition games.

With that in mind, we’ll dive right in. Here are the five questions we discussed as the Lions finished the preseason with a record of 3-1.

1. What were your overall thoughts on the Lions four exhibition games in 2015?

Senior Staff Writer, Kent Platte: Biggest takeaway is that this roster is very skewed in terms of talent. Lions have stayed pretty standard in their roster makeup under Mayhew but I think it’s going to be unorthodox this year.

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Staff Writer, Alex Stahl: The offensive line is TBD. Passing game is on point, running game has potential. Defensively, the pass rush is the big question that remains.

Staff Writer, Derek Mac: My overall impression of the team is the Lions will be special on offense, good on defense and will struggle with coverage on special teams. Luckily both Martin and Prater showed the ability to boom the ball on kickoffs but punt coverage might be a problem.

Staff Writer, Mark DeGain: I think overall, the first teams looked good. Beyond that, we have some talent that stood out as backups. It’s going to be a very tough roster cut to 53.

Editor, Mike Payton: I think the Lions have had a very good showing as far as the first team goes. Matthew Stafford has been on point thus far and has looked poised and ready. The defense looked stout in all three games until the reserves came in to squander those performances away. The Lions look more and more like an actual team each day.

Senior Editor, Nate Williams: Like everyone else I feel there are some obvious strengths and weaknesses. I like what I seen from the first-team offense and some of the rookies, but special teams is amongst my concerns.

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