Paws For Thought: Position Battles Aplenty

At last check, rookie cornerback Andre Goodman was further along than fellow rookie DB Chris Cash. We have some surprising news concerning that position battle. Also, Kalimba at linebacker? Perhaps. And which offensive linemen are currently being shopped? Find out who, plus much more!

PAWS FOR THOUGHT:  The Lions offensive line could be entirely remade by the time Monday rolls around.  Offensive linemen Brenden Stai and Tony Semple are reportedly being shopped around by the Lions who would take a draft pick for either.  If they can't get anything, look for Stai to be the odd man out when the roster is cut down to the league mandated numbers.  Saturday's inaugural game at Ford Field will likely determine who'll be the starter at center.  Eric Beverly and Dominic Raiola are said to be neck-and-neck in the coaches grading.

Could Kalimba Edwards get the call to move back to linebacker?  It makes sense.  Edwards has a unique combination of size and speed and his presence, especially at the strong side, would be a plus.  Edwards matches up physically against even the biggest tight ends in the league and has a lot of experience playing linebacker at South Carolina.

While we're talking position switches, what about the possibility of Eric Beverly playing some at tight end?  Beverly has played the position and when he was signed to an offer sheet by the Miami Dolphins, personnel director Rick Spielman indicated he wanted to use the veteran center in that position in goal line situations.  Beverly came to the Lions as a tight end, when he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Miami, OH.

Chris Cash fooled me.  Cash didn't stand out at all in the practices I watched and yet, once he got on the field against Cleveland, Cash made play after play.  He led all Lions with nine tackles and was constantly around the football.  He has moved ahead of fellow rookie Andre Goodman to the point where he is the nickle back and could actually get some playing time at right corner.

The Lions are still thin at linebacker.  Chris Claiborne and Barrett Green are two of the starters, but who gets the other spot.  We talked about the possibility of Kalimba Edwards getting that position but if not, then who?  Brian Williams remains hobbled.  Jeff Gooch has had the most production at the position in his limited playing time.  Clint Kriewaldt hasn't stood out, so it would seem the position is still up for grabs going in to game three.  Here's hoping they give Edwards a shot at it Saturday.

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