3 Lions on the initial 53-man roster who won't last the season in Detroit

These three guys made the Detroit Lions 53-man roster, but they won't last the entire season.
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Riley Patterson, Detroit Lions
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1. K Riley Patterson

Since Campbell and Brad Holmes came to Detroit and the easy decision to not pony up to pay Matt Prater at the start of a rebuild was made, the Lions have gone through kickers as fast as some people (speaking facetiously) go through underwear.

Here's the list, up to now.

Randy Bullock
Zane Gonzalez
Matthew Wright
Austin Seibert
Ryan Santoso
Riley Patterson
Aldrick Rosas
Dominik Eberle
Michael Badgley
Sam Ficken
Parker Romo

After re-acquiring Patterson from the Jaguars in May, the Lions cut Badgley before training camp started. After short stints with Washington and Tennessee, Badgley was brought back on the practice squad this week.

Patterson seemed to have a strong hold on the kicking job, primarily because Romo is not quite equipped to beat him out. But the preseason finale brought a long-range test, and he doinked a 53-yard field goal off the crossbar. Later on, he missed an extra point to complete the concerning performance and push the Lions to make calls looking to trade for a kicker before roster cutdown day--to no avail, leading to Badgley being brought back.

Ultimately, it's not totally his fault given this regime's history cycling through kickers who are average, unproven, etc. But if Patterson makes it all season on the Lions' active roster, it will be a huge surprise.

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