Detroit Lions 53-Man Roster Takeaways
Prior to the league-mandated deadline, the Detroit Lions completed two trades to trim down the roster. The first being quite unexpected, shipping former first round pick Laken Tomlinson to the San Fransisco 49ers in exchange for a future draft pick. It is unclear why Detroit gave up so soon on their former 2015 first round pick.
The second trade saw CB Johnson Bademosi sent to the New England Patriots in exchange for a future draft pick. Bademosi primarily served as a special team specialist for Detroit.
Tion Green surprisingly found his way onto the 53-man roster. Matt Asiata, on the other hand, finds himself a free agent once again. Wide receiver Jace Billingsley found himself on the wrong end, unexpectedly released. Detroit did keep five receivers on their roster, one more than the four they had last year.
Kenny Golladay was not consistent during the preseason, but he did surround himself with positive hype. Other than Golladay, unknowns surround the bottom end of Detroit’s receiving core. TJ Jones and Jared Abbrederis are not common names within the league, putting pressure on Matthew Stafford. He only has two receivers, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, that he knows he can trust.
Antwione Williams also fell victim to the chopping block following the Lions final preseason game. Williams offered some security for Detroit at linebacker, but not enough to justify a roster spot.
Brad Kaaya, Detroit’s sixth round draft pick this year, was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers following his release from the Lions. Detroit will need to search the free agent market for a third-string backup quarterback now. Jake Rudock solidified himself as the second string quarterback, even drawing some trade interest amongst the league.
Detroit’s biggest question concerning the roster now is defensive end. Injuries and suspensions plague the Lions defensive ends, leaving two undrafted rookies to lead the position. There is no realistic scenario in which Detroit leaves this position as is, meaning they will need to look via the trade market or free agent pool to secure the position.
With Week One mere days away, the Detroit Lions are far from having a finalized roster. With so many questions and unknowns, Detroit has little time to figure out the state of their roster. One thing is for certain, the Detroit Lions are not ready for Week One.