Detroit Lions down to final few roster cuts on 'the hardest time' of year for Dan Campbell

Campbell said he and general manager Brad Holmes still were deciding what to do with the Lions’ final roster spots, and that their decisions could be impacted by what else happens around the league.

“There’s a number of moving pieces between here and then looking out on the other 31 teams, too, and is there a piece there that fits here, relative to what we already have here,” Campbell said. “So we’re close but we still have – there’s a little bit of flux we have to go through here.”

Veterans Romeo Okwara and Isaiah Buggs are backups with uncertain roles on a crowded defensive front, and the Lions have multiple young receivers (Dylan Drummond, Antoine Green) and defensive backs (Steven Gilmore, Khalil Dorsey, Chase Lucas) on the roster bubble who shined in Friday’s preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers.

Campbell said those performances “certainly affected” the decisions on “a few guys.”

“There was some really good performances in there, and as a whole I thought the guys played really well,” Campbell said. “And really to a man, you would say a vast majority of our team got better. We talked about the details, the fundamentals of it, being better on third down, passing the stunt games up front. I already told you, defensively we had some guys playing positions they’ve never played. We got defensive tackles playing D-end at the end of that game and just battling. But we were better. … A lot of guys did some really good things.”

Buggs is going nowhere this season so his inclusion in this makes no sense


They aren’t keeping Benito Jones over Buggs, that’s for sure.


I agree wish people would be little real. Now if they said Jones i could understand but I think he makes it also.

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