Detroit Lions Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions

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Detroit Lions Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions
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Training camp is an overblown spectacle, and preseason games are meaningless. Right?

Well, yes and no. People pay attention to training camp because it signals the beginning of the NFL season, and it's the first real appearance of the changes each team has made during the offseason.

People watch the preseason because...well, it's football. It's actual NFL football between two teams. It's meaningless in the standings, and in the outcome, but there's a reason for playing them regardless.

What is that purpose? The entire preseason is really about the roster. It's about getting everybody up to game speed and worked back into football shape, sure. Sometimes, it's about installing new plays.

But training camp and preseason is largely a final tryout for guys trying to make the roster.

With that in mind, the roster is the thing we should all be paying attention to over the next month, and therefore, the roster is what I am going to go to great pains to preview here.

So sit back and enjoy.

Here's the entire roster by position, as it stands now, and as it will likely stand a month from now.


UDPATE 8/27:

- New slide for August 27 roster cuts/moves.

- All positional slides updated to reflect current roster.

- Roster predictions updated. Any players already cut have been given a strikethrough (rather than just changed), because I'm a big advocate of standing by my predictions and calling myself out when I'm wrong.

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