Detroit Lions: Updated Preseason 75-man Roster Stack

Jul 29, 2016; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) stands with a group of receivers during practice at the Detroit Lions Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2016; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) stands with a group of receivers during practice at the Detroit Lions Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

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

The Detroit Lions roster currently stands at 75 players after the recent roster cuts. On September 3rd, that number will again be reduced, this time down to the 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 team’s overall performance.

Core Players

These players 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
WRZach Zenner26
TECole Wick27
CTravis Swanson28
CGraham Glasgow29
OLJoe Dahl30
OLBKyle Van Noy31
LBJosh Bynes32
LBAntwione Williams33
CBJohn Bademosi34
SSRafael Bush35
SSTavon Wilson36
SSMiles Killebrew37
LSDon Muhlbach38

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 the remaining two lists will be on the final roster.

Keep in mind, just because a player was a draft pick or carries a high cap number, doesn’t guarantee them a spot on the roster. Quinn proved as much when he released Stevan Ridley last week and Geoff Schwartz yesterday.

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* not much has changed here, Orlovsky looks to be ahead of Rudock but it’s still possible the Lions keep 3 QBs.
QBJake Rudock (PS)
RBDwayne Washington (PS)* Dwayne Washington is making a strong case that this spot is his.
RBGeorge Winn (PS)
WRTJ Jones (PS)* will two or three guys make it out of this group?
WRAndre Roberts
WRJay Lee (PS)
WRJace Billingsley (PS)
TEAndrew Quarless* Quarles is suspended the first 2 games and I’m not sure the 3rd TE is on the roster yet.
TEOrson Charles (PS)
TEAdam Fuehne (PS)
OLBrandon Thomas (PS)*there is two or three offensive line spots remaining, these four are the likely candidates.
OLMichael Ola
LTCorey Robinson (PS)
OTCornelius Lucas (PS)
DTCaraun Reid (PS)* The Lions defensive line is the strongest unit on the team. There fact that there are so many players in this group is less about them playing bad and more about them all playing well. With five locks, there is still room for at least four (maybe five) players from this group to make the team. There could also be some trade candidates here.
DLWallace Gilberry
DEBrandon Copeland (PS)
DLStefan Charles
DLAnthony Zettel (PS)
DTGabe Wright (PS)
DTKhyri Thornton (PS)
DLKerry Hyder (PS)
LBJon Bostic* They are likely waiting to place him on IR until after waivers end.
CBDarrin Walls*With the Lions likely only keeping five linebackers, that should open up an extra spot here for the defensive backs. Expect three from this groups to be kept.
CBAlex Carter (PS)
SDon Carey
SIsiah Johnson (PS)

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.

CGabe Ikard (PS)* If Glasgow’s injury is lingers Ikard or JeanPierre could make a case for a roster spot but as a backup center.
OTLuke Marquardt (PS)
OLLemuel JeanPierre
LBZaviar Gooden (PS)* If the Lions want to keep six linebackers one of these players could get the nod.
LBChi Chi Ariguzo (PS)
LBKhaseem Greene (PS)
LBDominique Tovell (PS)
CBAdairius Barnes (PS)* Depth in the secondary is always a necessity but it’s a tough road for this group.
DBCharles Washington (PS)

Bonus Group: Gone But Not Forgotten

The players on this list are no longer a part of the Lions organization after recently being released. However, a few of these player should be candidates to end up on the practice squad. It’s worth noting that while Bob Quinn was in New England, a few players released at this juncture ended up on their practice squad.

WRQuinshad Davis (PS)He had a solid camp and was a numbers cut, he could end up on PS
OLChase Farris (PS)The Lions gave him $20,000 guaranteed, he should be in the PS mix
DEQuanterus Smith (PS)
DEDeonte Gibson (PS)
DLLouis Palmer (PS)
CBRashaad Reynolds (PS)

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.

Next: Detroit Lions finalize 75-man roster

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.