Who should and shouldn’t make the Detroit Lions final roster?
Detroit Lions Offense
The Lions keep the two most established quarterbacks with Matt Cassel pushing Jake Rudock out of the starting job.
Running Backs (5)
No surprises here as the Lions keep four talented running backs and fullback with some upside in Nick Bellore.
Wide Receivers (5)
The first four are all expected to make the team, and Brandon Powell earned a spot in the preseason with a very strong performance.
Tight Ends (4)
Hakeem Valles earned a spot on the Lions roster, but they keep four since they’re not quite ready to give up on Michael Roberts.
Offensive Line (9)
The Lions starting five has been set in stone since the draft, and the other four are all high potential backups.
Detroit Lions Defense
Defensive Line (9)
Ansah is the only player in this group who has really ever been good in the NFL. A lot of these guys might not make most other NFL rosters, but this is the thinnest group on the Lions roster.
The first four players here are locks to make the team, while Eli Harold has a lot of untapped athletic potential and Freeny can contribute on special teams and has familiarity with Matt Patricia.
Defensive Backs (10)
No surprises here, as all of these players have been expected to make the team throughout all of camp.
Special Teams (3)
These three return to Detroit together for the fourth consecutive season.