Of course, as we hit the cut down on rosters, there are several players on the Lions who could go either way—either sneak onto the roster or get cut.
The bubble is never a fun place to be, and some of these players have no control over whether they get cut or not. It's purely a numbers game for them.
Some players do have control of their own destiny, though, and a strong showing in the final preseason game might lock them up a roster spot.
Moore has not looked very good. That's the long and short of it. The team says he has improved, and he has a little, but it's probably not enough to save him from the chopping block.
He's a project, and it could be he's one they would be willing to keep on the regular roster, but at that point, they'd have to cut somewhere else and the question they have to ask themselves is, would you rather risk losing him on the way to the practice squad or losing someone else who could contribute this year?
Because we all know Moore won't contribute this year. I would imagine it's safe to let him drop to waivers. How much of a loss is it if someone actually claims him? Not a big one.
The wide receiver had some fantastic early practices, but it hasn't translated to a game yet, and he had two costly mistakes against the Oakland Raiders. The Lions have a bunch of receivers who will definitely make the team—at least four who aren't going anywhere, and it seems unlikely they will keep more than one or two others.
Edwards has not done much to stand out from the others, especially when Kassim Osgood is such a solid special teams player. Edwards and either Nate Hughes and/or Lance Long will be cut, and it all comes down to who does well this week in special teams.
Austin is a depth player at most, and there are two other players ahead of him at guard who have played better than he has.
It's possible he creeps on with a good performance this week—it's not like this is a group which has wowed everyone this preseason. Still, it seems unlikely he can get in on the roster this year.
With Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler and Will Heller locks to make the team, I can't imagine Gottlieb makes the cut. There are plenty of other ways to use that roster spot, and honestly, he he'd have to be really good to sneak in during the next round or so of cuts.
Brown has had a very good preseason, but would this team keep so many defensive ends? It seems as though it is invested in Ronnell Lewis, and Willie Young has really come on this preseason.
Brown is a guy who will get snapped up on waivers, so the Lions have a hard decision. Do they spend an extra spot on upside or use it for depth somewhere else?
There aren't a ton of special safeties in this group, so in some ways, you'd think Langford (a recent addition to the squad) might be able to find a home on the final 53-man roster.
In his favor, great special teams play and injuries to Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey. Against him? There are five others ahead of him.