The Detroit Lions head to Buffalo for their fourth and final preseason contest. While the last preseason game is typically dogged by many for being completely irrelevant, there are several strong reasons to watch. Foremost among those are settling positional battles and securing the final roster spots.
Among the positions still up for grabs for Detroit:
Right Tackle: Jason Fox, Corey Hilliard and undrafted rookie LaAdrian Waddle are all still hoping to lay claim to the starting gig. All three figure to play extensively, including at left tackle.
Right Guard: What was presumed to be third-round pick Larry Warford's coronation as the starter has been paused. It's partially because Warford has struggled with speed, but veteran Jake Scott has been excellent in the last two preseason games. Dylan Gandy and even Leroy Harris are also still hoping to earn the role.
Return Specialist: Steven Miller and Micheal Spurlock are in a dead heat to win the return jobs. Miller is a running back and Spurlock a wideout.
It's also a chance to watch recently acquired LB Chris White for the first time. He was traded from Buffalo earlier this week for quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who will also see the field for the Bills.
Look for only token appearances from the starters like Matthew Stafford, Jason Jones and Chris Houston. This one is all about the bottom of the roster. Expect the competition to be fierce and intense as many players fight for their livelihoods. Don't tell them this game means nothing!
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