Detroit Lions 53-man roster projection going into 2023 training camp

Here's a pre-training camp projection for what the Detroit Lions 53-man roster will look like heading into the 2023 season.
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Wide Receivers (6)
1. Amon-Ra St. Brown
2. Marvin Jones
3. Josh Reynolds
4. Kalif Raymond
5. Antoine Green
6. Tom Kennedy

Jameson Williams' six-game suspension to start the season likely opens up a roster spot opportunity for someone duriing that time. Maurice Alexander, Tom Kennedy, Trinity Benson, Chase Cota and Dylan Drummond are the current competitors for that WR6 spot, and based on history of being a preseason star Kennedy gets the edge here right now.

Tight Ends (4)
Sam LaPorta
Brock Wright
James Mitchell
Shane Zylstra (for now)

With Jameson Williams' aforementioned suspension to start the season, the Lions could carry four tight ends on the active roster. The prevalent angle for us here is Zystra's on the roster bubble, and TE4 would not have to be him. Derrick Deese Jr. signed as a UDFA last year, is a dark horse candidate. An outside addition would easily replace Zylstra, and there's a chance that happens.

Offensive Lineman (9)
Taylor Decker
Penei Sewell
Frank Ragnow
Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Jonah Jackson
Graham Glasgow
Colby Sorsdal
Ross Pierschbacher
Germain Ifedi

Depth behind of the best offensive lines in the NFL will always be some level of concern, and of note is the fact the projected five here have not played a single snap together as a full unit. Ifedi is a notable addition here, over Matt Nelson, with a nod to his experience.

Roster Count: 26