Detroit Lions Players Climbing the Depth Chart

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Detroit Lions Players Climbing the Depth Chart
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Too often, the Detroit Lions were one or two plays away from victory in 2013. They had a fourth-quarter lead or tie in 15 games but couldn't get it done.

And, more often than not, the culprit was the team's structure as a top-heavy franchise without the right type of players capable of filling in the gaps.

The Lions have a starting lineup that can keep pace with anyone. However, when one guy went down, got tired or was schemed out of the picture last season, the Lions didn't have anyone who could step into the void and secure those season-sustaining wins.

Do the Lions have those guys on the roster now? It's too early to make any declarations, but the following five guys are rocketing up the depth chart and providing serious hope.

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