Positional Battles at Receiver, Corner Heat Up

With a cutdown date looming, several players are attempting to land just a handful of positions. We review the hottest battles at Lions' practice.

The top four wide receiver positions have been obvious since last spring - Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, Tai Streets, Az-Zahir Hakim - and the fifth job will probably go to the kick returner.

The final receiver job, however, has developed into a competitive situation involving Reggie Swinton, Trevor Gaylor, Scotty Anderson and David Kircus. Judging by the playing time Swinton appears to have the edge, both as a receiver and a backup kick returner.

The Lions will likely cut one or two receivers lose following next Saturday's contest against the Baltimore Ravens, when teams must trim their current rosters to 65 players.

There is a chance the team could keep six receivers, but that would depend on how deep the team feels it's at with other positions.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions traditionally seem to be low on in the secondary, so the competition going on at the corners is a welcome change of pace.

Dre' Bly and Fernando Bryant are the starters but while they have rested injuries, the competition among Andre Goodman, Chris Cash, Rod Babers and rookie Keith Smith has heat up. In addition, Chris Kern has played well enough on special teams to rate consideration.

Defensive tackles Marcus Bell and Colin Cole are competing for what might be the final defensive line position. Both have played well at times. That would leave undrafted prospect Ahmad Childress on the outside looking in.

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