Training camp is just around the corner, and the battles for a spot on this Lion team will be a little more interesting than usual.
Used to be we could lop 40 guys off the 80-man training camp roster and hope to pick up some decent players waived off better teams.
Things are changing around here lately. Maybe teams won't be scouring our waived players, but the Lions should be a little less desperate to add players this year.
With the exception of safety, Martin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz appear to have plans A, B, and sometimes C in place for every position.
That doesn't mean they won't be looking to improve the talent—that's a never-ending process. It does mean that plan A is not the 54th-best player on the Steelers or Patriots.
With that increased depth and options come some interesting decisions, and I am going to try to identify some players whose futures could tell us something about where the Lions are with the building process.
These seven players are not the worst players. In fact, they are decent players—the kind of player that every team has penciled in as plan B and C at this time of the year.
These are usually veteran players that the team has on hand as a bottom line, and their future depends more on how another player is doing than how well they are playing.
You know, the position may be unsettled, but if all else fails, we know the production won't fall below what player X can give us.
While we may be fine with most of these players making the roster, we should hope they don't.
We should be hoping some rookie showed too much promise to expose to waivers or some player suddenly gets it after he had a couple of years under his belt and shakes up the depth chart.
In simple terms, we want them cut not because they are bad, but because the Lions simply had better options.
While many of us will hate to see some of them go, just try to remember it will only make us better in the long run.
It's not personal. It's progress.