3 Detroit Lions training camp position battles that are already decided

Heading into the preseason opener, these three Detroit Lions training camp battles are already decided.
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1. Jerry Jacobs over Emmanuel Moseley for CB2

The battle for the starting cornerback spot opposite marquee free agent signing Cameron Sutton looked to potentially be a very good one at Lions' training camp. Jacobs surely wasn't going to go down without a fight, even if Moseley was easy to see as the favorite. As long as he was recovered from a torn ACL he suffered playing for the San Francisco 49ers last October, that is.

Moseley not being fully ready for Day 1 of training camp, and lined up to go on the PUP list, was not a surprise at all. But his being away from the team for the first week was somewhat interesting, though easy to chalk up to just continuing his rehab where he was the most comfortable doing so. But a subsequent report, since acknowledged and confirmed after being avoided by Dan Campbell, from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press said the Lions' other free agent cornerback addition had a second "clean up" surgery on his injured knee.

Moseley himself said last week he doesn't know when he'll be able to practice. His status for Week 1 is naturally in doubt.

A training camp battle for a starting job obviously needs, at least, two healthy and engaged primary competitors. Jacobs may be winning this battle anyway, based on a solid showing in training camp practices before this week. But Moseley, with his inability to participate in the competition so far (not his fault, by the way), has already ceded the starting spot opposite Sutton going into the season.

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