Before I talk about anything else here, I want to take a moment to honor the late Tom "Killer" Kowalski, who passed away Monday morning.
For many of us, Killer was a sure bet to get near-constant updates on the Lions. Whether it was updates during games, training camp rundowns, or just a straight-shooting take on the state of the team, Killer delivered, usually several times a day.
For me personally, Killer was something of an idol. As a former newspaper beat reporter, he made the jump to web media earlier than most, and that early adoption of new media is what many current media members could take a page from. My hope is that I, and many other Lions writers, can learn from his example, both personally and professionally.
Rest in peace, Killer. We all will miss you.
Having said that (a moment of silence would be appropriate, but it's hard to convey in print), the last thing the man would want is for Lions coverage to grind to a halt in his absence. He operated his entire career with the exact opposite intent.
And so, as NFL business moves along, each team's first round of roster cuts is in. This is the time of year Martin Mayhew works his greatest magic. Last year, he brought in John Wendling, Alphonso Smith and Stefan Logan for nothing off the waiver wire (technically, Smith was traded for Dan Gronkowski, but both players were about to be cut by their respective teams anyway).
With teams cutting as many as 10 players to bring their rosters down to 80 players each, there could be as many as 310 newly-released players for the Lions to sift through. And they won't be the first; the Dallas Cowboys have already signed Dave Rayner (who, in case you forgot, I guaranteed last week would be cut and immediately signed elsewhere).
So of that massive pool of players, which rejects (or "square pegs," if you will) from other teams could make the Lions' 53-man roster?