Who doesn’t love roster building? Here’s what I got just based on camp reports and what we’ve seen on the field in the preseason so far. Things could change if we pick up another team’s cuts or barring injury, but that stuff is hard to project, so I’m just going based on what we have now and who I would pick based on what I’ve read/seen.
|Position||OFFENSE||# OF PLAYERS: 24|
|QB||Jared Goff||David Blough|
|RB||D’Andre Swift||Jamal Williams||Craig Reynolds||Justin Jackson|
|FB||Jason Cabinda (PUP)|
|WR X||D.J. Chark||Jameson Williams (NFI)||Tom Kennedy|
|WR Z||Josh Reynolds||Quintez Cephus|
|WR Y||St. Brown||Kalif Raymond|
|TE||T.J. Hockenson||Brock Wright||James Mitchell||Shane Zylstra (Cabinda)|
|C||Frank Ragnow||Evan Brown|
|RG||Halapoulivaati Vaitai||Tommy Kraemer|
|RT||Penei Sewell||Matt Nelson|
Notes: I give the slight nod to Blough over Boyle, but could just as easily see it going the other way. I think Jackson is far and away a better runner than Godwin/Jefferson at this point. JJ could be a PS stash again. If Cabinda can’t go, I could see them keeping a 4th TE. If not, Zylstra (or Mitchell, I guess) could end up on the PS. I find it hard to leave Kennedy off the roster at this point since all he does is make plays so far. Benson has been steady and Alexander brings some pop to the return game, but I don’t know if either has done enough to warrant a spot on the 53 man. I think the Lions only keep 8 on the OL again. The backups have versatility to play across the line if needed.
|Position||DEFENSE||# OF PLAYERS: 26|
|DE||Aidan Hutchinson||Austin Bryant||John Cominsky|
|DT||Alim McNeill||Demetrius Taylor|
|DT||Michael Brockers||Levi Onwuzurike|
|DE||Romeo Okwara (PUP)||Charles Harris||Josh Paschal (PUP)||Julian Okwara|
|LB||Malcom Rodriguez||Chris Board||Anthony Pittman|
|LB||Alex Anzalone||Derrick Barnes|
|CB||Jeff Okudah||Will Harris||Savion Smith|
|CB||Amari Oruwariye||Jerry Jacobs (PUP)||Bobby Price|
|NB||A.J. Parker||Chase Lucas|
|S||DeShon Elliott||Ifeatu Melifonwu|
|S||Tracy Walker||Kerby Joseph||C.J. Moore|
Notes: A lot of the DL can be moved around. These are the guys I think have made the biggest impact so far. Could really use another BIG behind McNeill, as we really don’t have a backup for his role if he goes down. LB is what it is, I’m keeping Pittman for his ST play. CB, I’m not sure…I can see Lucas making the team as the backup NB, but that doesn’t leave a spot for Mike Hughes, who they paid a decent amount for a 1yr deal. Lucas could be a PS guy, but do they risk him getting poached? Safety depth is rough, but I think those are the guys, Moore is kept as a ST ace.
|Position||SPECIAL TEAMS||# OF PLAYERS: 3|
Notes: With this roster, I can’t see justifying a spot for just a KR/PR. Alexander showed some pop and could make some noise here, but who’s spot does he take? I think Raymond can do a decent job and unless you have a game changer here, is it worth keeping a guy here and diminishing the level of skill in another area?
What do you guys have? What changes would you make? This stuff is always fun for me and one of my favorite parts of the season since we never seen to do that well once the season starts. Haha.