Many eyes are on the 2023 Detroit Lions as a team that could possibly swoop in and overtake the Minnesota Vikings for the top spot in the NFC North, and for good reason.
Dan Campbell has this team playing with the right mentality and, more importantly, now has a lot of talent at key positions.
Through the first chunk of training camp, we're starting to see the roster take shape. The Lions' initial depth chart came out recently, which provided us with some clarity for a few players who just won't survive onto the final 53-man roster.
1. Wide receiver Maurice Alexander likely won't make this Detroit Lions team
After that first depth chart was released, one of the guys who should be feeling the heat is wide receiver Maurice Alexander, who went undrafted last year out of Florida International. The Lions picked him up and he spent the majority of the year on and off the team's practice squad.
Alexander is essentially at the bottom of the depth chart, buried behind several others. At wide receiver, the Lions will be starting Marvin Jones, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds, at least for now. Jameson Williams will be in there, no doubt, soon enough.
The reserves in line to make the roster, right now, are Denzel Mims and Kalif Raymond. Behind those guys are a bunch of receivers unlikely to make the team, and again that includes Alexander. He appeared in four games last year, returning six kicks but receiving no real action on offense. He did show out on a 47-yard return at one point, but unfortunately that, alone, isn't enough.