Predicting the Detroit Lions final roster: Who stays, who goes?

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Hall is a burner for the Lions
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Detroit Lions receivers to watch

The big questions at wideout are beyond Golladay, Jones, Amendola, and Cephus who do the Detroit Lions keep on the active roster?

Jamal Agnew is considered a cornerback by jersey number but has been working as a slot receiver, as the team’s primary return man they obviously want to give him every chance to do more than touch the ball on special teams. We’d say this makes him probable to stay in whatever roster spot they need him to, cornerback, receiver, or whatever.

That makes five receivers, technically, but speedster Marvin Hall, who averaged a sick 23.7 yards per target, will be pushing for snaps in the slot in his second year in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s offense. Another player that has to be considered as competition is rookie running back Jason Huntley, who possesses good size and strength, plus tremendous speed and ability to create in space.

Aside from the receivers who aren’t receivers, the big issue is backing up the outside, X-receiver position with someone other than rookie Quintez Cephus. Geronimo Allison was supposed to provide that but he opted out of the 2020 season.

After the Detroit Lions jettisoned a couple of other receivers, Geremy Davis is the lone outside receiver left to compete at X-receiver, he has contributed on special teams with the Los Angeles Chargers and is an athletic wideout which bodes well for him but the roster spots are hard to come by.

Tom Kennedy and Victor Bolden are slot receivers who look to have a massive uphill climb to make the roster. Both are good athletes but they are part of a log-jam of slot players who are trying to distance themselves from the others.

Prediction: Of exclusive wide receivers we would only add Geremy Davis as receiver-five but we must admit that not having Hall in this group was a bit agonizing. Huntley and Agnew will function as the slot players behind Amendola but do not take receiver spots. Ten linemen and another five receivers puts us at fifteen roster spots.