Detroit Lions: Preseason Roster Stack

Dec 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) runs onto the field giving fans high fives before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) runs onto the field giving fans high fives before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

The purpose of a “roster stack” is to identify where the Detroit Lions players stand with regards to their position on the current roster.

The Detroit Lions roster currently stands at 90 players. On August 30th it will be cut down to a maximum player count of 75. By September 3rd, that number will again be reduced, this time down to a final 53 player roster.

This roster stack is an organized player grouping that is broken down into five groups: 1) Impact Players, 2) Core Players, 3) Players with a Secure Spot, 4) Players on the Roster Bubble, and 5) the Long Shots.

Impact Players

These are players, who if they were removed from the roster, would greatly impact the teams overall performance.

Core Players

These player make up the foundation of the roster. While a loss of a player in this group would be significant, it is something a team could recover from.

Players with a Secure Spot

These players, should feel comfortable with their position on the roster as they have a proven skill set that the team desires. A player in this group is a preferred player but is also one who has a replacement somewhere on the roster.

FBMike Burton25
WRTJ Jones26
TECole Wick27
CTravis Swanson28
C/GGraham Glasgow29
OLGeoff Schwartz30
OLJoe Dahl31
DTCaraun Reid32
OLBKyle Van Noy33
LBJosh Bynes34
LBAntwione Williams35
DBJohnson Bademosi36
SSRafael Bush37
SSMiles Killebrew38

Players on the Roster Bubble

With 38 spots that look to be secured, that leaves only 15 spots for the remaining players to compete over. That means a little less than half the players on this list will be on the final roster. A quick formatting note: If a player has a (PS) following their name it indicates they are still eligible for the practice squad.

QBDan Orlovsky * Will the Lions will keep one or two backup Quarterbacks?
QBJake Rudock (PS)
RBZach Zenner (PS)* With two running backs and a full back already in the fold, the Lions will likely keep two more players from this group.
RBStevan Ridley
RBD. Washington (PS)
RBGeorge Winn (PS)
WRJay Lee (PS)* The Lions have four wide receivers who look to have locked up a roster spot. What we don’t know is how many wide receivers Bob Quinn plans on keeping. With that number likely at five or six, it means one or two guys from this group will make the team.
WRQuinshad Davis (PS)
WRJeremy Kerley
WRAndre Roberts
WRAndre Caldwell
WRCorey Fuller
TEBrandon Pettigrew* If Pettigrew stays on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list, this would almost assuredly be Mulligan’s job.
TEMatthew Mulligan
OLMichael Ola* Lions appear to have eight offensive lineman who have separated themselves and secured a spot. That means there is likely only one or two spots remaining.
CGabe Ikard (PS)
OTCornelius Lucas (PS)
DLStefan Charles* The Lions Defensive line is deep, specifically at tackle with four spots already taken. They will likely add pass rushing depth from this group and maybe another tackle that they don’t want to part with. Expect four from this group to stick around.
DLWallace Gilberry
DLAnthony Zettel (PS)
DEBrandon Copeland (PS)
DTGabe Wright (PS)
DTKhyri Thornton (PS)
DLKerry Hyder (PS)
LBJon Bostic* Will the Lions keep five or six linebackers?
STavon Wilson* The starting three corner backs are locked in, as are three safeties, and special teams ace Johnson Bademosi. That leaves three (maybe four if they only keep five linebackers) spots available for the remaining defensive backs.
CBDarrin Walls
CBCrezdon Butler
CBAlex Carter (PS)
SDon Carey
SIsaiah Johnson (PS)
LSJimmy Landes (PS)* The battle for the long snapper position only has room for one.
LSDon Muhlbach

Long Shots

These players appear to be on the outside looking in as the roster stands right now. They still have a chance to make the final 53, but they have some work to do.

WRJace Billingsley (PS)
WRAlex Chisum (PS)
TEOrson Charles (PS)
TEAdam Fuehne (PS)
TEBen McCord (PS)
OLChase Farris (PS)
OTCorey Robinson (PS)
OTLuke Marquardt
DEQuanterus Smith
DEDeonte Gibson (PS)
DELouis Palmer (PS)
LBZaviar Gooden
LBKhaseem Greene
LBChi Chi Ariguzo (PS)
CBAdairius Barnes (PS)
CBCharles Washington (PS)
CBKeith Lewis (PS)
CBRashaad Reynolds (PS)
K/PDevon Bell (PS)

Next: Detroit Lions Training Camp Observations

One thing to keep in mind is that this document is fluid. It can and will change varying amounts depending on player performance during the preseason.

Did I put your favorite player in the wrong group? Do you like my groupings? Let me know in the replies or on Twitter at @erikschlitt.