Predicting the Detroit Lions Final Roster

This might be the most difficult set of cuts to predict for the Lions in recent memory. Which players will make the team and which may end up playing elsewhere?

The Detroit Lions - just like all NFL teams - will be required to purge their roster and comply with the 53-man NFL roster limit.

With the final cuts only days away, here are my predictions for the final roster

Quarterback - 2

Comments - Kellen Moore has shown well in the preseason and arguably has done enough to make the team.  Still, he isn't going to overtake Orlovsky for he primary backup spot and would take a roster spot from someone else

Running back - 5

Comments - George Winn is the biggest surprise here  He's played well in camp and during preseason games plus has contributed on special teams.  At this point, he offers more than Mikel LeshoureMontell Owens' head injury hurts his chances here.

Wide Receiver - 6

Comments - Corey Fuller was tough to leave out but the Lions might gamble that they can sneak him back onto the practice squad.  Broyles has shown well during camp and the preseason and is deserving of a spot.  Still, this is likely the toughest decision the team will have to make.

Tight End - 3

Comments - No surprises here.

Offensive Line - 9

Comments - The Lions could decide to create a roster spot by moving forward with only eight offensive linemen. However, with Swanson sure to occupy a spot, is the team comfortable entering the season with only three backups - a couple of them being rookies?

Defensive Line - 9

Comments - Caruan Reid has more upside than Andre Fluellen, which tilts the scales in his favor.

Linebacker - 6

Comments - Travis Lewis might have been on the bubble but gets a stronger chance with Van Noy being out for at least a couple weeks.  It's hard to believe, with the injury, the team will keep less than six linebackers.

Defensive Back - 10

Comments - The defensive backfield is another area where the Lions can create a roster spot.  However, with the lack of overall depth and experience here, the team might opt to bolster the position with numbers.

Specialist - 3

Comments - No surprises here


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