My Detroit Lions’ projected 53-man roster

Final cuts due at 4 p.m. on Saturday

After four preseason games, the final cuts are due at 4 p.m. on Saturday to reduce the Detroit Lions’ roster to 53 men.

This was the first year the NFL had eliminated earlier cuts, although the Lions had released a few guys earlier in the week including Tim Wright, Keshawn Martin and Cyrus Kouandijo. The early cuts gave the veterans a chance to sign with another team.

On Thursday they traded guard Laken Tomlinson. On Friday they released running back Matt Asiata and waived guard Connor Bozick and defensive end Giorgio Newberry.

Depth at a few positions will provide GM Bob Quinn with some tough decisions. Running back Tion Green had a good showing on Thursday night but can he crack the roster? If not, the rookie would be an ideal practice squad candidate.

At wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and Jace Billingsley have made their cases at wide receiver.

Remember after the cuts are made to 53, it’s likely more changes will be made before the season opener on Sept. 10 against the Arizona Cardinals. Expect that Quinn will be looking for more help on the defensive line.

Here is my projected 53-man roster:

QBs (2)

Matthew Stafford

Jake Rudock

 

WRs (5)

Golden Tate

Marvin Jones

Kenny Golladay

Jace Billingsley

TJ Jones

 

RBs (4)

Ameer Abdullah

Theo Riddicck

Zach Zenner

Dwayne Washingtom

 

TIGHT ENDS (4)

Eric Ebron

Darren Fells

Cole Wick

Michael Roberts (rookie)

 

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

G T.J. Lang

G Graham Glasgow

G Brandon Thomas

G/C Joe Dahl

C Travis Swanson

T Rick Wagner

T Greg Robinson

T Cornelius Lucas

T Corey Robinson

PUP: Taylor Decker

 

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

DE Ziggy Ansah

DE Anthony Zettel

DE Jeremiah Valoaga (rookie)

DE Cornelius Washington

DE Alex Barrett (rookie)

DT Haloti Ngata

DT A’Shawn Robinson

DT Akeem Spence

DT Jeremiah Ledbetter (rookie)

SUSPENDED: Armonty Bryant, Khyri Thornton

 

LINEBACKER (6)

Jarrad Davis (rookie)

Tahir Whitehead

Antwione Williams

Steve Longa

Paul Worrilow

Jalen Reeves-Maybin (rookie)

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS (11)

S Glover Quin

S Don Carey

S Miles Killebrew

S Tavon Wilson

S Alex Carter

CB Darius Slay

CB Johnson Bademosi

CB Quandre Diggs

CB Nevin Lawson

CB Teez Tabor (rookie)

CB Jamal Agnew (rookie)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS (3)

K Matt Prater

P Kasey Redfern

LS Don Muhlbach

NFI: P Sam Martin

 

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Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on Amazon.com. She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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