Detroit Lions

Predicting the Last 5 Players to Make Detroit Lions 53-Man Roster

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 17: Jonte Green #36 of the Detroit Lions looses his helmet while being stiff armed by Bobby Rainey #34 of the Baltimore Ravens as Ricardo Silva #39 pushes him out of bounds during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IAugust 30, 2012

This past week, NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 75 players. The 32 franchises will have until Friday to trim the rest of their rosters to 53.

This means we'll see 22 more Detroit Lions who have worked tirelessly to make it this far into camp empty out their lockers before the weekend.

With an up and down preseason almost over, here are the last five players whom I predict will make the final 530-man roster.

 

Ricardo Silva, Safety

Silva has had a fairly productive preseason during his limited action thus far.

An overall lack of depth in the secondary benefits him; however, he always seems to be near the ball when the whistle blows. 

I think he'll be a true asset to this secondary as the season rolls on.

 

Travis Lewis, Linebacker

I think Lewis makes the roster based on potential alone.

He was such a star at Oklahoma, it is hard to imagine him not making an NFL roster. He'll likely earn his keep most of this season on special teams, but his athleticism and nose for the ball should eventually lead to some serious playing time on defense.

 

Kellen Moore, Quarterback

Like Lewis, Moore has far too much potential to be let go. 

After a lackluster first outing, Moore has turned in solid back-to-back games that more closely resemble his collegiate efficiency than his initial struggles.

Moore is in the perfect place to learn, as he can watch Stafford on the field and Shaun Hill on the sideline and film room.

 

Ryan Donahue, Punter

There is only room for one punter on most rosters, and Donahue seems to be winning the battle over Ben Graham.

Donahue had twice as many punts as Graham against the Raiders. Keep an eye on the number of kicks each has against the Bills, as that may be the deciding factor.

 

Lance Long, Wide Receiver

Long is a sure-handed possession receiver who was targeted five times against the Raiders. He finished with four catches for 43 yards.

His dependability could prove vital later in the season, especially in the games against Chicago that could ultimately decide a playoff berth.

Detroit has a lot of guys playing receiver who can hit the home run. It never hurts to have a guy around who will simply get you a catch when you need it most.

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