Lions ponder roster decisions with cuts to 53 due Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Lions coach Dan Campbell

With the deadline for making the roster cuts to 53, just over 24 hours away, Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell said that no moves had been made. Campbell addressed the media, breaking away from a meeting with GM Brad Holmes, early Monday afternoon.

NFL cuts are due at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Campbell said there could be tougher decisions than last year when he and Holmes were just getting started.

“These are difficult. Ultimately we’re probably going to have to let go of some players who were here all last year, that we depended on, did everything we asked them to do and produced for us last year. That’s a sign of progress,’’ Campbell said.

The coach spoke in vague terms, no names.

After the preseason loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday, he said he had gotten clarity on the backup quarterback situation. That could mean two things – he’s good with either David Blough or Tim Boyle as Jared Goff’s backup. Or, he doesn’t feel either one can handle the job if Goff goes down.

“Whoever is out there you’ve got to know it’s a clear upgrade from what’s already in this building because if it’s not, why would you do it,’’ Campbell said.

Holmes and Campbell are watching all team cuts for anyone they feel can improve the roster.

“ We’re looking anywhere we feel we can upgrade since we’re 2 on the claim list. With Brad we were just discussing. We’re looking anywhere— we’re looking at halfback, at tight end, we’re looking at O-line, we’re looking at D-line. We’re looking at anything that is available if we feel like it will truly upgrade us and it’s somebody that we feel will fit our culture and what we’re about. We’re open to anything,’’ Campbell said.
While they will be able to sign 16 players to the practice squad, those guys will have to clear waivers first.

“There are a number of guys we are going to have to move on from that we would love to have back in this building. They didn’t quite make the 53, but we’ve had a lot of time invested with them, we know what they’re about and we understand the growth. There is a comfort level with some of those guys you bring them back if something does happen you feel like they’re plug and play and there’s comfort in that,’’ Campbell said.

“You always want that but you also want to know are there some players who are out there, who aren’t in this building right now that you believe can come in and have a tremendous amount of upside and maybe can develop into true starters at some point. It’s a balancing act that you have to have,’’ he added.

The deadline is looming. Stay tuned.

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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