This is a big week for the Detroit Lions with their last preseason matchup on Thursday and final roster cuts looming immediately afterward.
As the Detroit Lions prepare for the start of the NFL regular season, there is some important housekeeping to do. Namely, figuring out who to keep and who to cut as their roster must be trimmed down from 90-players to just 53 this weekend.
But first, the Lions have one more preseason matchup to use as a roster evaluator. This time they’ll travel to Ohio to face the much-talked-about Cleveland Browns on the road. With a busy week on the schedule, here are some of the top headlines swirling about the Pride.
With cut-down day just around the corner, predictions about the Lions’ final roster are rolling in. In Kyle Meinke’s latest roster projection, Detroit goes light at wide receiver, carrying just five. Meinke sees the team going heavy at tight end (4), safety (6), and running back (5).
I’ve often referred to the final preseason game as the Roster Bubble Bowl. It’s basically a showcase for fringe players to prove they should make the cut. Expect the starters to sit this one out and prepare yourself from some of the worst football you’ll witness all year. The final positional battles are really the only reason to watch.
This is good news, but we’d love to get more detail about when these two might return. The fact could be that the Lions really don’t know themselves at this point. But it does appear center Frank Ragnow will be able to get back to the field sooner than linebacker Jarrad Davis. Luckily, Detroit drafted a linebacker in the second round of this year’s draft. Funny how that works sometimes.
The Stockton signing is likely just about having enough bodies to play against the Browns on Thursday night. Longa returning from the physically unable to perform list is really good timing considering the Davis injury. In order to make room on the roster, wide receiver Deontez Alexander was waived … again.