As Lions Cut Down Date Looms, Who Will Stick?

This is when things get really tough for Lions head coach Steve Mariucci. It's a fact of life that of the 80 or so players who suit up for the two weeks of training camp, that some aren't going to make it. LionsFans.com insider Mike Fowler takes a look at who might face the 'ziggy' on Tuesday.

(ALLEN PARK) - This is when things get really tough for Lions head coach Steve Mariucci. It's a fact of life that of the 80 or so players who suit up for the two weeks of training camp, that some aren't going to make it.

Telling a player who dreams of being the one-of-a thousand who beats the odds and makes it to the big dance that the dream is over, obviously stings for all parties concerned.

The stories of players who go to any means to try to avoid the "ziggy" are legendary, but in the end, if they haven't performed well enough over the last three weeks, it's inevitable.

With about 81 players (give or take a few) on the roster, we give our take on who's likely to stay and who's likely to go by position. A roster list of 65 must be submitted to the league offices by Tuesday.

Corner/Defensive Back: Dainon Sidney is on IR so he's out. But a host of other defensive backs gave it their all this camp. Dre' Bly, Chris Cash, Andre' Goodman, Rod Babers and Fernando Bryant are all in. Chris Kern seems to have played well enough to stick around for the final cut. That means Jeff Sanchez, Charles Drake, Julius Curry, Abdul Howard and Andrew Shell are likely gone from this group.

Defensive line: With so much talent concentrated in this group, the coaching staff wants to allow things to sort themselves out a little longer, so we think only Ahmad Childress will be departing on Tuesday.

Fullback: Cory Schlesinger and Paul Smith are locks. Stephen Trejo is on the fence, but Keith Belton is likely a goner.

Guard: David Loverne has played better than most expected, Matt Joyce is a lock as is top free agent prize Damien Woody, but it wouldn't be a shock if either Josh Lovelady or Tyrone Hopson exited. It appears the end of the line for David Miller and Branden Hall.

Kicker: Chris Snyder only hope was an injury to ironman Jason Hanson

Linebacker: Boss Bailey could be put on the PUP list buying some time, but Scott Genord and newly signed Stevie Baggs are our best guess to get the "ziggy."

Quarterback: With Jason Fife gone, Curt Anes got another week of survival but it isn't likely to last much longer than Tuesday.

Running back: Look for Olandis Gary to head for season ending surgery on his shoulder saving the Lions a roster spot. That could give Avon Cobourne another shot to make it as a special teamer.

Tackle: Stockar McDougle, Jeff Backus and rookie Kelly Butler aren't going anywhere. Detroit thinks Butler has a huge upside. That means Victor Rogers and Matt McCoy are on the fence, Rogers likely stays, McCoy goes.

Tight Ends: Bradford Banta is a tight end in name only. As a long snapper he has been one of the league's best for years, but it appears linebacker Jody Littleton has supplanted him in that role, meaning it's time to let Banta catch on with another team.

Wide receiver: Another one of the more competitive battles. It would be great to keep all of these guys, but George Wilson and Tim VanZant will likely go and the one surprises of the early cuts could be David Kircus.


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