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Detroit Lions 53-Man Roster Projection: Post-Preseason Game 2

John Maakaron projects the Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster based on the Week 2 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Detroit Lions were able to secure their first preseason victory since 2018 when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 27-26, in Week 2 of the NFL preseason. 

"It's very important," head coach Dan Campbell said, when asked about building a winning culture, starting in the preseason. "Especially with a young team and just where we've been, where we're coming from, and where we began to go at the end of the season (in 2021). Man, it's got to be part of our DNA. It's got to become part of who we are. And we have to embrace every moment and treat it like it's your last moment."

Lets take a look at who is in line to make the 53-man roster after the Colts game. 

Quarterback (2)

Boyle performed better in Week 2 than Blough, who now finds himself on the outside looking in, especially after back-to-back weeks turning the football over. 

Boyle led an 18-play, 85-yard drive that took nearly 10 minutes off of the clock to give the team the go-ahead touchdown. 

Running back (4)

  • D’Andre Swift
  • Jamaal Williams
  • Craig Reynolds
  • Godwin Igwebuike
  • PUP: Jason Cabinda 

Jermar Jefferson just has not been able to get the productivity going when the lights are on, so it is the end of the road for the second-year running back. 

The No. 3 running back spot now belongs to Craig Reynolds. 

Wide receiver (6)

The Lions allowed wideout Tom Kennedy to play more on special teams, especially after he didn't play a single snap there against the Falcons. 

“That’s why we put him out there at the gunner and jammer. To get some looks at him,” Campbell explained. “I saw a couple of them and he got doubled on a couple and that means the other guy has got to win. I would say he didn’t disappoint, but I need to go back and watch the film. We’re trying to give him every opportunity to make this team. That’s what this means, because he just won’t go away, and that’s a good thing.”

Tight end (4)

Offensive line (8)

Interior defensive line (5)

Campbell was very complimentary of the defensive line's performance this week. 

“I felt like the most consistent group of all of them this week was the d-line in those two days. I thought every one of those guys improved," he said. “I didn’t feel like anybody took a step back in that room and then it just carried over into this game.”

Edge rusher (5)

Unfortunately, rookie James Houston remains on the outside looking in. Against the Colts, he struggled to shed blocks and was not that impactful. 

Linebacker (5)

Cornerback (6)

Cedric Boswell, after getting picked on in back-to-back games, will likely not be making this team. 

Okudah playing better is a bright spot, but the unit as a whole needs to play much better when the regular season begins. 

Safety (5)

Special teams (3)

  • Jack Fox 
  • Scott Daly 
  • Austin Seibert