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Lewis during the 2012 NFL combine.
The summer of 2012 was a disaster for the Detroit Lions. They were desperate to have an offseason in which their players weren't in the news for all the wrong reasons.
This summer, players were expected to stay on the right side of the law and violators would be given the Johnny Culbreath or Titus Young treatment.
Head coach Jim Schwartz tightened the reins, but not everyone complied.
Ronnell Lewis made headlines last April because of his involvement in an Oklahoma bar fight. He faced misdemeanor charges, but according to MLive, those charges will likely be dismissed.
No matter, the damage is done. Lewis showed extremely poor judgement and self control, and that's enough to make the Lions question his long-term viability.
It's not the only thing, though.
Lewis simply doesn't have the size or talent to compete against the other pass-rushers on the Lions' roster.
Lewis was a fourth-round draft pick in 2012 but was relegated to special teams his rookie year. It was understandable then. He had veterans Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Willie Young and Lawrence Jackson in front of him.
No way he was going to break into that rotation.
The Lions said goodbye to three out of four of those guys this offseason, so Lewis should be next in line, right?
Wrong. The Lions had so much confidence in his ability that they picked up Jason Jones and Israel Idonije via free agency and drafted Ezekiel Ansah and Devin Taylor. With Willie Young still in the mix, Lewis is farther down the depth chart than he was last year.
The Lions had nine defensive linemen on their roster last season. If we assume they'll keep the same number, Lewis' tenuous situation becomes clear.
I previously mentioned five defensive ends. If you add the Lions' top three defensive tackles—Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley—that leaves one roster spot open.
During training camp Lewis will need to prove he's too valuable on special teams to let go. If he does that, he might win the spot. If not, "pop" goes the bubble.