Detroit Lions reduce roster to 53

Not many surprises among those who were cut

OK, after several months of work, the Lions whittled the roster to 53 men today.

The roster features a few surprises. They’ve gone with youth on the defensive line at least until Armonty Bryant and Khyri Thornton return from their suspensions.

This is just the start of getting the roster to GM Bob Quinn’s liking. Don’t be surprised if they add and subtract prior to the season opener on Sept. 10 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Here’s a look by position:


QBs (2)

Matthew Stafford

Jake Rudock

CUT: Brad Kaaya

SKINNY: Jim Caldwell typically keeps just two quarterbacks so this isn’t a surprise. Kaaya could be signed to the practice squad


WRs (5)

Golden Tate

Marvin Jones

Kenny Golladay

Jared Abbrederis

TJ Jones

CUT: Jace Billingsley, Dontez Ford, Michael Rector, Noel Thomas

SKINNY: TJ Jones looked strong in camp. The final battle could have been between Abbrederis who has more NFL experience than Billingsley who spent most of last season on the practice squad.


RBs (5)

Ameer Abdullah

Theo Riddicck

Zach Zenner

Dwayne Washington

Tion Green (rookie)\

CUT: Matt Asiata

SKINNY:: Not much drama at this position. The big question was whether Green, an undrafted rookie, could make the cut. The top four were locks.



Eric Ebron

Darren Fells

Michael Roberts (rookie)

CUT: Cole Wick, Khari Lee, Robert Tonyan, Scott Orndoff

SKINNY:: Ebron must be ready to go after missing much of camp with a hamstring injury. Last year they kept four tight ends.



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

CUT: Storm Norton, Nick Becton, Leo Koloamatangi, Connor Bozick

SKINNY:: Laken Tomlinson was traded Thursday which opened a spot for Brandon Thomas. One of the Robinsons — Greg or Corey — should start at left tackle until Decker return from shoulder surgery.



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 (first four games), Khyri Thornton (first six games).

CUT: Pat O’Connor, Ego Ferguson, Caushaud Lyons, Giorgio Newberry, Derrick Lott

SKINNY: It’s a young D-line until Bryant and Thornton return with a bit more experience. Barrett and Valoaga earned the spots with their preseason play.



Jarrad Davis (rookie)

Tahir Whitehead

Nick Bellore

Steve Longa

Paul Worrilow

Jalen Reeves-Maybin (rookie)

CUT: Antwione Williams, Thurston Armbrister

SKINNY: Bellore, who is a solid special teams contributor, beat out Williams for a spot. Williams had looked like a lock until they played him late in the final preseason game. Still a bit of a surprise that he is gone.



S Glover Quin

S Don Carey

S Miles Killebrew

S Tavon Wilson

S Charles Washington

CB Darius Slay

CB Quandre Diggs

CB Nevin Lawson

CB D.J. Hayden

CB Teez Tabor (rookie)

CB Jamal Agnew (rookie)

TRADED: Johnson Bademosi (to Patriots)

CUT: Alex Carter, Rolan Milligan, Adairius Barnes, Tramain Jacobs, Josh Thornton

SKINNY: So long Alex Carter who had been moved to safety from corner. He just never got going after he was a third-round pick in 2015. No real surprises. Agnew is in the hunt to return punts. Don Carey’s strength is special teams.



K Matt Prater

P Kasey Redfern

LS Don Muhlbach

NFI: P Sam Martin

SKINNY: Redfern’s good preseason earned him a job until Martin is ready to return.


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 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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