July is upon us, and that means training camp is close and preseason quick to follow. For the Detroit Lions and the other 31 NFL teams, one of the most important facets of those offseason activities is to sort out the bottom of the 53-man roster.
Competition for those final spots will be fierce. Inexperienced veterans will battle against untested rookies while players no longer worth their contracts struggle to fight off cheaper, young upstarts.
Special teams play will certainly make an impact on these decisions, too. Reserves must prove they can contribute on those units to build value.
It's still early, but based on the OTAs and minicamp as well as some educated guesswork, here are the final five players to make the 2014 Detroit Lions and the five players who just missed making it.