Detroit Lions: 2014 NFC Roster Projection

Examining the Detroit Lions' roster. This is the final projection of the roster. A practice squad projection will be up this morning, too.

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Kellen Moore did what he could and might make it hard on the Lions coaches when it comes to deciding whether or not to keep the third-year quarterback as the team's No. 3 quarterback. Stafford is the starter. Orlovsky is the backup based on his preseason snaps and everything I've seen. Moore remains a true question mark.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Another tough call here. Staying with five in the final projection, although I could easily see a scenario where George Winn makes the team. Would be somewhat surprised if Mikel Leshoure stuck considering he does not bring special teams value and and did not run well in the preseason. Both Winn and Emil Igwenagu are practice-squad candidates.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

Staying the same here, too, although Corey Fuller did catch another touchdown pass. If he doesn't end up on the final 53-man roster, the Lions will hope he slips through waivers for the practice squad. Broyles was curiously playing very late in Thursday's finale, so his spot might not be as secure as initially thought. Both Fuller and Andrew Peacock are practice squad possibilities.

TIGHT END (3)

All three will make the roster. Nothing is changing here barring injury.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

One of my toughest calls might be a surprise -- to the point I made a chance from Thursday night to Friday morning when it came to Garrett Reynolds vs. Rodney Austin. Austin did not have a good camp, and on Thursday night, I had Reynolds overtaking him on the final projection. Yet after sleeping on it, keeping Austin seems like what the Lions will do. It would not surprise me if Reynolds ended up here instead of Austin, though. Williams vs. Cornelius Lucas is also a tough call, but Williams appeared to outplay Lucas in the preseason and both have major potential as a fourth tackle.

DEFENSIVE LINE (10)

As you'll see below, I pulled linebacker Kyle Van Noy off of the final roster projection because I think he ends up on injured reserve with a designation to return. This opens up one roster spot and I think it goes to Tapp, who has the flexibility to play defensive end or linebacker in an emergency situation. That might be enough to give him a roster spot in a position group that otherwise feels pretty set. If Van Noy doesn't go to IR in any capacity, he makes the team over Tapp.

LINEBACKER (5)

As mentioned above, I moved Van Noy to injured reserve in this projection, opening up a roster spot. If the Lions choose to keep a sixth linebacker, it would probably be Julian Stanford, but Lewis should beat him out and Detroit has other needs elsewhere. The other four linebackers are close to locks. If Van Noy doesn't go to IR in any capacity, he makes the team over Tapp.

CORNERBACK (5)

Another tough position call. Mohammed Seisay is likely bound for the practice squad, so it comes down to whether or not the team keeps Chris Greenwood on the active roster or tries to sneak him through to practice squad for one more season. Greenwood could very easily end up on the roster and if the Lions are feeling really adventurous, they could try to cut Lawson and move him to the practice squad, but Greenwood feels like the odd player out in the defensive backfield.

SAFETY (5)
DeJon Gomes heading to injured reserve made this position much easier to predict. Quin and Ihedigbo are the starters. Abdul-Quddus had a better preseason than almost any other player on the roster. Carey is a special teams dynamo and has position flexibility. Couplin is a rookie and raw, but can play special teams and has the potential to eventually replace Ihedigbo in a couple of seasons.

SPECIALISTS (3)

No changes here. These are your specialists.
Examining the Detroit Lions' roster. There have been some changes to last week's projection.

QUARTERBACKS (2)
This feels pretty set at this point. Kellen Moore will get one more chance to impress coaches Thursday against Buffalo, but he isn't supplanting Orlovsky. James Franklin might not make it past Tuesday's cuts and if he does, he should finally see a snap Thursday. Moore is a practice squad candidate now.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Sticking with five here for now, with Chad Abram and George Winn as likely practice squad candidates. Owens' head injury could be a concern and if that happens, either Abram, Winn or Mikel Leshoure could end up on the 53-man roster. At this point, the rating of those players would be Winn, Leshoure, then Abram as far as 53-man candidates.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

No changes here, but it's close. At this point, Johnson, Tate and Ross are locks. Durham and Broyles also have the feel of guys who will end up on the roster. Ogletree has run with the first unit all camp, so he still receives the nod over Corey Fuller, who once again could end up on the practice squad. Andrew Peacock remains a good practice-squad candidate as well, especially if Fuller ends up on the 53-man roster.

TIGHT END (3)

All three will make the roster. Nothing is changing here barring injury.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

One change here. Michael Williams has played with the second unit the past two weeks over Cornelius Lucas and has been working at both right and left tackle. He also has performed well in those circumstances, and coaches have noticed. That he could also end up as an emergency fourth tight end -- he is still making the transition to tackle from the position -- gives him the edge right now over Lucas, who the Lions might try to slip through onto the practice squad. I don't feel completely confident in that right now as it feels like somewhat of a coin-flip spot. If Lucas makes the team over Williams, Williams becomes almost a lock for the practice squad if he clears waivers.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

These are probably the nine the Lions go with, especially since Johnson continues to shine in games. He also has played some special teams, so he has value there. Darryl Tapp feels like the odd man out in this scenario, but there is a chance Detroit could keep 10 since Tapp could play as a stand-up linebacker if need be.

LINEBACKER (6)

Van Noy's abdominal injury should be a concern at this point and might end up opening up a roster spot if it ends up being serious. The only player in question here is Lewis, but he continues to make special teams plays and is a core special teamer. That's his role on this team. If Van Noy's injury ends up being serious, it's unsure whether another linebacker takes his spot. It could open a spot for one of the running backs, a defensive lineman, or a safety.

CORNERBACK (5)

This is bold, but right now the Lions could keep only five cornerback -- especially since both Don Carey and Glover Quin can play cornerback in a pinch if needed. Both have done so in their NFL careers. This opens up a spot at safety, where the Lions have more depth and more special teams depth. It's entirely possible Detroit keeps Chris Greenwood or Jonte Green, though. If Mohammed Seisay makes it past Tuesday's cuts, he's a likely practice-squad candidate. This is a definite waiver-wire position to watch as well for Detroit when cuts are made.

SAFETY (5)

Other than Quin and Ihedigbo, not much is certain with this group. That Abdul-Quddus received the start and played pretty well Friday night bodes well for his roster chances. Carey is a core special teams player and, as mentioned above, gives the Lions corner/safety flexibility. Couplin has a real chance to make the roster since he can play special teams and is a long, rangy safety who can hit. He has also seen extensive time during the preseason. Right now the odd player out is DeJon Gomes, who hurt his neck against Oakland and has not practiced since. He is a good special teams player so if he doesn't practice this week, he could end up on IR or reserve IR -- although Van Noy's situation could change that, too.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Martin and Muhlbach remain set. After a week with Giorgio Tavecchio, his missed 51-yard field goal might have really hurt his chances. That's how close the competition has been between Freese and Tavecchio. If he is still on the roster Wednesday, that is actually a better sign for him than Freese. This is another position to watch the waiver wire on, especially if Arizona releases veteran Jay Feely or Kansas City cuts vet Ryan Succop.
Examining the Detroit Lions' roster. There have been some changes to last week's projection.

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Orlovsky all but sealed up the No. 2 quarterback job with his play Saturday night at Oakland, where he looked much more comfortable handling Joe Lombardi's offense. The only question here is what the Lions do with Kellen Moore, but right now there are too many other close position battles to justify three quarterbacks. James Franklin, meanwhile, is still awaiting his first NFL snap.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

The big change here is the elimination of Mikel Leshoure, the one-time second-round pick who is in the final year of his contract. Yes, the Lions will eat some dead money by cutting Leshoure, but he has shown nothing thus far during practice or games to warrant keeping him other than extreme insurance. At this point, George Winn might be the better option -- and I considered adding him to the roster, but not yet. He and Chad Abram are ideal practice squad candidates. Remember, too, that Owens is one of the better special teams players in the league and can offer flexibility as a fourth running back and second fullback. Versatility is key here.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

This doesn't change yet, although if anything, Broyles is moving himself closer to being the fourth lock of the receiving corps along with Johnson, Tate and Ross, the returner. However, Broyles, Durham, Ogletree and Corey Fuller are still locked in a battle for, realistically, two spots. Fuller also continues to move up the chart each week and he's close. Andrew Peacock remains a good practice squad candidate.

TIGHT END (3)

All three will make the roster. Nothing is changing here barring injury.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Like last week, nothing is changing for now, but the play of the reserve interior linemen Saturday night left more questions than confidence in Rodney Austin and Travis Swanson if called upon. I'm not reading too much into converted tight end Michael Williams playing over Cornelius Lucas with the second team just yet, although if Williams does keep pushing, the loser of that battle could end up on the practice squad. I still maintain Alex Bullard remains a practice squad candidate despite less than a handful of snaps Saturday.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

Johnson continues to impress during games and gets a lot of first-team run during practice as well, so he takes over the roster spot in place of Darryl Tapp, who still could easily make the roster. It is entirely possible the Lions keep 10 defensive linemen on talent and experience alone and if that happens, Tapp and Johnson both make the team. But if the Lions go with nine, Johnson has pushed ahead of Tapp -- for now.

LINEBACKER (6)

Last week, I mentioned five linebackers being set and if they kept a sixth, Travis Lewis would be the guy because of special teams. Well, right now, Lewis has a spot on this roster projection only because of special teams. He continues to be on every unit and around the ball consistently. The last two or three spots on this roster are going to be interesting between Lewis, Tapp/Johnson, Winn and one or two of the safeties mentioned below.

CORNERBACK (6)

This continues to be the toughest group to project. Lawson, were he not a rookie and a fourth-round pick, would likely not be on this roster -- but he should make the final cut despite not doing much this preseason. It feels like four of the corners -- Slay, Mathis, Bentley and Vaughn -- are pretty set as well. That leaves potentially one spot among uninspiring candidates. Jonte Green started camp strong, but ran with the third team Saturday and was picked on by Derek Carr and Matt McGloin. Drayton Florence was a veteran signing and hasn't shown much so far. That leaves Greenwood, who has been decent enough to warrant a roster spot. This position is one where next week's cuts around the league could force a roster shift here if any decent corners come available.

SAFETY (4)

Sticking with these four for now, although this number could easily jump to five by next week. Isa Abdul-Quddus and Jerome Couplin ran with the second team last week as Carey and Gomes were part of the third team; however, that may have been to get a stronger look at both players. In many ways, Carey, Gomes and Abdul-Quddus are interchangeable as far as their skill sets, which makes it an intriguing call. By that, I mean all four players are backup safeties who would have heavy special-teams roles. Their safety spots are a bit more defined, with Carey able to play both spots (and corner), while Abdul-Quddus is a free safety and Gomes is a strong safety. Couplin is fascinating, and if he continues an upward trajectory he could steal a roster slot from another position group. In my opinion, he would be the biggest reason to keep five safeties. Otherwise, he very well may end up on the practice squad.

SPECIALISTS (3)
Nate Freese made a 55-yard field goal, but missed an extra point. Meanwhile, Tavecchio continues his consistent run through camp and if the Lions truly make this result-based, Tavecchio has looked much more confident and stronger. I'm not reading too much into Tavecchio being with holder Drew Butler, who isn't making the team. Asked Caldwell about that and he said they assigned a holder to each kicker and are sticking with it. Freese is still in the competition, though.
Examining the Detroit Lions' roster. There have been some changes to last week's projection.

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Orlovsky remains the No. 2 quarterback and despite a rough practice in Ford Field on Wednesday and a shaky debut Saturday, he'll maintain the backup job for now over Kellen Moore. Something to watch here will be if Moore receives more time with the No. 2 group over the next few weeks. He has a long way to go to overtake Orlovsky, but a couple more performances like Saturday night, where he went 11 of 13 and threw the game-winning touchdown and he might end up with a roster spot.

RUNNING BACKS (6)

Bush, Bell and Riddick are likely locks. Owens has special teams value and has been running with the first team a good amount during camp. It is entirely possible Detroit only keeps five backs here and then it becomes an interesting equation. If Owens is enough of a runner, they could keep both Owens and Collins and cut the former second round pick. Or, they have to make a decision between Collins and Owens. Right now, no decision needs to be made as both make the roster. For now. The wild card here is George Winn. Right now he isn't close to a roster spot, but could be locking up a place on the practice squad.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

TJ Jones remains on the active PUP list and with each passing day, it seems less likely he'll be on the 53-man roster at the end of August. In his place, I went with Ryan Broyles, who played fairly well Saturday night with three catches for 27 yards. Durham, Broyles and Corey Fuller are the main competitors for what feels like two spots right now. Fuller caught a game-winning 21-yard touchdown and if he puts together another strong performance could force his way on the roster. Andrew Peacock, who had four catches for 43 yards against Cleveland, is a strong practice squad candidate.

TIGHT END (3)

All three will make the roster. Nothing is changing here.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Nothing changes here for now, although watch Garrett Reynolds to see if he pushes Austin for that backup interior lineman slot. Austin appears to be decently ahead as of now but there is still three weeks left. Alex Bullard, who has line flexibility, remains a potential candidate for the practice squad.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

It feels like eight of these nine slots are set with one -- right now belonging to Darryl Tapp -- in question. At this point, it feels like a competition between Tapp and George Johnson for that spot.

LINEBACKER (5)

Nothing has changed here. Barring injury, these five linebackers are on the roster. If the Lions chose to keep six, Travis Lewis would have the inside path to the slot, mostly because of his special teams play. He has been lining up with the first group on special teams for most of camp and is a valuable contributor there.

CORNERBACK (6)

This is the toughest group to predict and one that became harder after the Lions signed Drayton Florence last week. Florence didn't play Saturday night, so it is tough to tell where he'll fit into the depth chart at this point. Jonte Green remains on the final roster despite the lack of snaps Saturday night due to his performance in camp during the day. That said, the Lions clearly aren't thrilled with their corner depth at this point. Mohammed Seisay remains a practice squad candidate. This is a situation where if no one impresses, the Lions could keep five corners to start the year.

SAFETY (4)

The theoretical coin flip went the other direction this week, as Gomes has nudged ahead of Isa Abdul-Quddus, who had a strong showing Saturday night. Gomes has the edge on special teams as of now and lined up more with the second unit throughout camp, so he gets the nod for now. There is easily a scenario where both Gomes and Abdul-Quddus end up making the roster, too. A lot to shake out here still.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Freese continues to run with the first team, but Jim Caldwell stressed data and results as part of how he'll judge the kicking competition. Freese made both his field goals against Cleveland and Tavecchio made his one kick as well -- a long extra point that gave the Lions a 13-12 win. That appeared more pressure-packed than either one of Freese's first half field goals from the same distance. The competition remains extremely close, though, and could flip by the day.
Examining the Detroit Lions' roster. There have been some changes to last week's projection.

QUARTERBACKS (2)
Detroit is still sticking with two quarterbacks for now in the latest projection. Both Stafford and Orlovsky have taken the majority of snaps during practices and there are too many other spots that have intense competitions for Detroit to keep three at this point. James Franklin looked like he could be a practice-squad candidate, but he has yet to see any real action other than split-field work.

RUNNING BACKS (6)

Bush, Bell and Riddick are likely locks. Owens has been used more and more and depending how Detroit views him at the end, he could push Leshoure for both playing time and maybe his roster spot. Collins hasn't been used a ton yet, but the Lions appear committed to keeping a fullback for the offense. Chad Abram is a good practice-squad candidate here.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

There is still a ton of time to go here and other than Johnson, Tate and Ross as a return man, no position is settled. Ogletree has had an impressive camp thus far and continues to push for a role, potentially as the No. 3 receiver. He's in a tough battle with Durham and Corey Fuller for roster spots, however. This projection has Ogletree and Durham on with Fuller and Ryan Broyles off -- but that could easily change in a week. Durham over Fuller was the toughest call to make on offense. Jones remains here for now even though he is on the active PUP list. Removed Broyles because he just hasn't been getting the work with the top two groups all that much and it feels at this point he is behind Ogletree, Durham and Fuller. Possibly Patrick Edwards as well.

TIGHT END (3)

All three will make the roster. Nothing is changing here.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

The starting line of Reiff, Sims, Raiola, Warford and the winner of Waddle and Hilliard is set. Swanson will make the team as the likely center of the future with guard flexibility. So the competition here feels like it is for two slots. Lucas could make the team as the fourth tackle and Austin has the inside track on an interior line spot. Both will be pushed by Garrett Reynolds, who was a starter for a chunk of the season in Atlanta in 2013 and can play both guard and tackle. Darren Keyton somewhat surprisingly got some work with the first unit during Saturday's scrimmage at center, but that was likely more due to the team wanting to make sure Swanson received more snaps at center with the second group than truly backing up Raiola.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

This could change drastically if it is determined Ansah is going to be out for a while -- and neither Ansah nor Jim Caldwell has given much clarity there. The position most in question is Tapp's, as the rest of the defensive linemen seem to have found a home and a role fairly quickly. The man pushing Tapp the hardest for the roster spot is George Johnson, who has received snaps with the first unit in Ansah's absence. I went with Tapp over Johnson for the moment because Tapp could theoretically play linebacker in an emergency situation as well and might be a better special-teams performer.

LINEBACKER (5)

Nothing has really changed here, other than these five players looking fairly certain to be on the roster in September. Palmer and Van Noy are continuing to compete at the SAM spot and Whitehead is receiving some run with the first group. Cory Greenwood or Travis Lewis could sneak on the roster as a sixth backer in special-teams situations -- but it would depend how other positions shake out.

CORNERBACK (6)

After Slay, Mathis, Bentley and Lawson, this is becoming difficult to predict. Chris Greenwood is off the latest projection in favor of Green, who has put together a couple nice days of camp. Vaughn also has an inside position on a roster spot at this point. Mohammed Seisay is still a probably practice-squad candidate, but the back end of the corner position here is so questionable that he could play his way into an actual roster spot with special-teams work. But for now, he's a guy to watch when it comes to the Lions' practice group.

SAFETY (4)

For now, these four end up sticking, although DeJon Gomes is going to make a hard run at this before cuts are made -- and whether he makes the team might depend on how the Lions view their cornerback, running back and receiver positions. Or defensive line flexibility. Gomes and Abdul-Quddus are essentially a coin-flip pick at this point after Quin, Ihedigbo and Carey. What could decide this is special-teams usage, so pay attention to that over the next few weeks.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Freese is still running with the first unit as a kicker, so he remains on the roster right now but Giorgio Tavecchio has appeared to have the better camp thus far. It would not be surprising at this point to see the Lions go with either kicker -- especially if Jim Caldwell was serious about having Sam Martin boot the really long field goals. Martin has had a terrific camp punting.
Examining the Detroit Lions' roster

QUARTERBACKS (2)
The Lions could keep three players here, but they could just as easily use a practice squad slot on undrafted rookie James Franklin to give the team more flexibility at other spots. If the team keeps Kellen Moore, then the Lions will go with three quarterbacks. Stafford is a lock to start, and it is tough to see Moore unseating Orlovsky as the No. 2.

RUNNING BACKS (6)

Bush, Bell and Riddick are likely locks. If the team believes Owens can play both spots -- he has experience at running back and fullback -- Leshoure could be in trouble. Chad Abram is an undrafted rookie who could steal a roster spot at fullback or end up on the practice squad.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

This is one of the more interesting positions on the roster. Johnson and Tate are the starters, and Ross will be on the roster as a returner and possibly the No. 3 receiver. If he can handle both roles, that could leave an interesting question for a healthy Broyles. Durham is competing for a spot at outside receiver with Kevin Ogletree and Corey Fuller, who is practice squad eligible. Jones missed the end of spring workouts with an excused absence. Depending what that is, it could open up another spot for a receiver.

TIGHT END (3)

All three will make the roster. All three will have roles in the offense. The Lions know what Pettigrew is -- a good blocker who can make some catches. They need to focus on the development of Ebron and Fauria, two potential defense stretchers in the middle of the field.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

As of now, this is somewhat easy to project. The five starters on the offensive line return from last season. Hilliard will be the swing tackle and Lucas the fourth tackle who is a project. Austin and Swanson can play both guard and center if need be, offering some flexibility for the Lions on the interior. Don't be surprised to see Alex Bullard on the practice squad. He can play any position on the line.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

Three of the four starters are set here with Ansah, Fairley and Suh. Both Jones and Taylor offer outside-inside movement for the Lions. Mosley is the team's third tackle, and Tapp could back up Ansah at the open defensive end. Webster and Reid are mostly developmental, but Reid specifically should have a large role on punt and kick blocks.

LINEBACKER (5)

Levy, Tulloch and Van Noy are the likely starters. Palmer can back up at either outside spot, and Whitehead appears to be the backup in the middle. One of the tougher cuts to make would be a potential sixth linebacker between special-teams standouts Travis Lewis and Julian Stanford. One of these two could easily make the roster.

CORNERBACK (6)

Slay, Mathis, Bentley and Lawson are making the team. This probably means there are two other spots for corners -- perhaps even one if the team chooses to go with a sixth linebacker. I went with Vaughn and Greenwood, leaving Jonte Green out of the equation for now. This will be a fluid battle throughout camp. Mohammed Seisay is a potential practice-squad candidate.

SAFETY (4)

Yet another tough roster cut choosing between Abdul-Quddus and DeJon Gomes. As mentioned above, there is easily a scenario where both Abdul-Quddus and Gomes make the squad, especially if the new staff thinks Carey could be an emergency corner as well as the third safety. Jerome Couplin is a practice-squad candidate here with potential.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Martin and Muhlbach are roster locks barring injury. Freese, as of now, should beat out Giorgio Tavecchio, but as mentioned earlier this morning, this will be one of the more intriguing and intense battles of training camp as neither completely stood out in the spring.
Examining the Detroit Lions' roster

QUARTERBACKS (2)
The Lions could keep three players here, but they could just as easily use a practice squad slot on undrafted rookie James Franklin to give the team more flexibility at other spots. If the team keeps Kellen Moore, then the Lions will go with three quarterbacks. Stafford is a lock to start, and it is tough to see Moore unseating Orlovsky as the No. 2.

RUNNING BACKS (6)

Bush, Bell and Riddick are likely locks. If the team believes Owens can play both spots -- he has experience at running back and fullback -- Leshoure could be in trouble. Chad Abram is an undrafted rookie who could steal a roster spot at fullback or end up on the practice squad.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

This is one of the more interesting positions on the roster. Johnson and Tate are the starters, and Ross will be on the roster as a returner and possibly the No. 3 receiver. If he can handle both roles, that could leave an interesting question for a healthy Broyles. Durham is competing for a spot at outside receiver with Kevin Ogletree and Corey Fuller, who is practice squad eligible. Jones missed the end of spring workouts with an excused absence. Depending what that is, it could open up another spot for a receiver.

TIGHT END (3)

All three will make the roster. All three will have roles in the offense. The Lions know what Pettigrew is -- a good blocker who can make some catches. They need to focus on the development of Ebron and Fauria, two potential defense stretchers in the middle of the field.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

As of now, this is somewhat easy to project. The five starters on the offensive line return from last season. Hilliard will be the swing tackle and Lucas the fourth tackle who is a project. Austin and Swanson can play both guard and center if need be, offering some flexibility for the Lions on the interior. Don't be surprised to see Alex Bullard on the practice squad. He can play any position on the line.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

Three of the four starters are set here with Ansah, Fairley and Suh. Both Jones and Taylor offer outside-inside movement for the Lions. Mosley is the team's third tackle, and Tapp could back up Ansah at the open defensive end. Webster and Reid are mostly developmental, but Reid specifically should have a large role on punt and kick blocks.

LINEBACKER (5)

Levy, Tulloch and Van Noy are the likely starters. Palmer can back up at either outside spot, and Whitehead appears to be the backup in the middle. One of the tougher cuts to make would be a potential sixth linebacker between special-teams standouts Travis Lewis and Julian Stanford. One of these two could easily make the roster.

CORNERBACK (6)

Slay, Mathis, Bentley and Lawson are making the team. This probably means there are two other spots for corners -- perhaps even one if the team chooses to go with a sixth linebacker. I went with Vaughn and Greenwood, leaving Jonte Green out of the equation for now. This will be a fluid battle throughout camp. Mohammed Seisay is a potential practice-squad candidate.

SAFETY (4)

Yet another tough roster cut choosing between Abdul-Quddus and DeJon Gomes. As mentioned above, there is easily a scenario where both Abdul-Quddus and Gomes make the squad, especially if the new staff thinks Carey could be an emergency corner as well as the third safety. Jerome Couplin is a practice-squad candidate here with potential.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Martin and Muhlbach are roster locks barring injury. Freese, as of now, should beat out Giorgio Tavecchio, but as mentioned earlier this morning, this will be one of the more intriguing and intense battles of training camp as neither completely stood out in the spring.

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