|Offense||20th||83.4 (32nd)||263.2 (9th)|
|Defense||18th||113.0 (18th)||236.6 (14th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||279||5/29/1989||4||Brigham Young|
|40||Ariguzo, Chi Chi||LB||6-1||235||6/23/1992||2||Northwestern|
|38||Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-11||181||4/30/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||R||Eastern Oregon State|
|81||Boldin, Anquan||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||14||Florida State|
|31||Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||205||5/12/1987||6||South Carolina State|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||202||2/14/1987||8||Norfolk State|
|96||Charles, Stefan||DT||6-5||323||6/9/1988||4||Regina (Canada)|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||306||4/9/1993||R||Washington State|
|80||Davis, Quinshad||WR||6-4||218||5/14/1994||R||North Carolina|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||310||8/23/1993||R||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||255||4/10/1993||3||North Carolina|
|62||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||R||Ohio State|
|86||Fuehne, Adam||TE||6-7||255||3/23/1993||R||Southern Illinois|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||3||Virginia Tech|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||301||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|73||Jeanpierre, Lemuel||C||6-3||301||5/19/1987||7||South Carolina|
|43||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-1||202||5/16/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|12||Kerley, Jeremy||WR||5-9||188||11/8/1988||6||Texas Christian|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||R||Southern Utah|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||191||4/23/1991||3||Utah State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||328||7/18/1991||3||Kansas State|
|64||Marquardt, Luke||T||6-8||315||3/23/1990||1||Azusa Pacific|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||4||Appalachian State|
|42||McGee, Brandon||DB||5-11||193||12/11/1990||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||13||Texas A&M|
|67||Palmer, Louis||DE||6-2||265||12/8/1994||R||Central Michigan|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||8||Oklahoma State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||211||8/10/1984||10||Central Florida|
|49||Quarless, Andrew||TE||6-4||252||10/6/1988||6||Penn State|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||8||New Mexico|
|40||Reynolds, Rashaad||CB||5-11||187||2/2/1991||2||Oregon State|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||4||Notre Dame|
|19||Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||187||1/9/1988||7||The Citadel|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||316||5/21/1992||2||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||4||Mississippi State|
|93||Smith, Quanterus||DE||6-5||255||11/26/1989||3||Western Kentucky|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||198||8/2/1988||7||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||4||South Carolina|
|99||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||2||Southern Mississippi|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||248||6/19/1990||3||Brigham Young|
|30||Walls, Darrin||DB||6-1||190||6/20/1988||6||Notre Dame|
|45||Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/16/1993||R||Fresno State|
|89||Wick, Cole||TE||6-6||255||11/30/1993||R||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|52||Williams, Antwione||LB||6-3||239||5/26/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||222||9/13/1991||2||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DT||6-4||271||8/9/1992||R||Penn State|
|18||Spadola, Ryan (IR)||WR||6-1||205||2/15/1991||2||Lehigh|
|40||Wells, Ian (IR)||CB||5-11||199||7/14/1993||R||Ohio U.|
|83||Wright, Timothy (IR)||TE||6-4||220||4/7/1990||4||Rutgers|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The nature of his injury is unknown, but he is not expected to be dealing with anything long-term. Mulligan had been serving as Detroit's primary blocking tight end while Brandon Pettigrew (knee) resided on the PUP list to begin training camp, and was tabbed as the team's No. 2 tight end behind Eric Ebron (leg) on the first unofficial depth chart of the preseason. Now, with Ebron currently sidelined as well, the Lions will be without their top-three overall tight ends for foreseeable future.
Walls was the first to come off the bench at outside cornerback, replacing the team's top CB Darius Slay, and also worked on Detroit's first-string special teams unit. Though just halfway through the preseason, Walls appears to be entering the 2016 campaign safely on the team's roster and only behind the aforementioned Slay, Nevin Lawson and slot-man Quan Diggs at cornerback.
It is unclear what is wrong with the fourth year Florida product, but it appears his injury is relatively serious. Expect an update on his status when more information becomes available.
With Stevan Ridley released earlier in the week, Zenner is all but assured of a spot on the final roster. The two players were competing for Detroit's power-back job, which could be similar to the role Joique Bell filled last season. It's still unclear how much of a threat Zenner poses to the workload of lead back Ameer Abdullah.
With Ebron currently sidelined for an undetermined period of time and Detroit's top in-line tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee) still residing on the team's PUP list, Wick and Matthew Mulligan project as the Lions' top tight ends for the time being. However, Mulligan, a nine-year NFL veteran, has just eight career receptions to his name and Pettigrew isn't much of a receiving threat either. Wick is a more capable receiver than both, as evidenced by his touchdown reception during Detroit's annual mock game, and appears to be the leading candidate to take over Ebron's slot role in OC Jim Bob Cooter's offense should Ebron miss time.
Lawson suffered a severely dislocated foot. He isn't sure if he'll participate in the Lions' OTAs, but he said he has no limitations on his activities, per MLive. Lawson is taking his recovery slow, but he should be back by the opener.
Boldin worked as the No. 3 wide receiver with the starting offense, staying in the game through the end of the first half. Detroit's decision to sign Boldin is looking rather prudent, as starting tight end Eric Ebron (ankle) may not be ready for the beginning of the season. With the team otherwise lacking pass-catching talent at tight end, the Detroit wideouts and running backs may need to take on some extra targets.
The 23-year-old receiver hauled in a 27-yard touchdown from Jake Ruddock to close out the scoring on the night while also making important contributions on special teams. Billingsley is one of a cast of thousands trying to nab a backup wide receiver role and faces an uphill climb as an undrafted free agent. However, after finishing fourth in the country with 1,931 all-purpose yards at Eastern Oregon last season, Billingsley could work his way onto the roster with additional performances of the caliber of the one he generated Friday.
The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.
"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.
The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.
Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.
Stafford played the entire first half, but the Lions still struggled as a whole, failing to breach the goal line and gaining just 226 yards of total offense (compared to 363 for the Ravens). Now, through three preseason games with Stafford at the helm, Detroit is yet to score a touchdown and has converted just 3-of-4 field goal attempts while turning the ball over twice. Improved play along the offensive line could go a long way towards correcting their problematic offensive miscues, but if the preseason is any indication, Detroit could be in store for a rough transitional phase during the beginning of the team's first season post-Calvin Johnson.
Rudock completed 8-of-11 passes Thursday, the same as starting QB Matthew Stafford, and while he did throw an interception, it wasn't nearly as painful to watch as Orlovsky's pick-six (his second in two preseason games). Furthermore, Rudock engineered Detroit's one and only touchdown drive, albeit against the Bengals' deep reserves. His push for a roster spot may have more to do with the rookie-level mistakes Orlovsky has been making as an 11-year veteran, but if Rudock continues to make strides in his development, Detroit may have a tough decision to make at backup quarterback in advance of the regular season.
With tight ends Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew both recovering from injuries, the Lions are facing serious depth issues at tight end for this coming season. And while Quarless will still be suspended for the first two games of the regular season, he had a solid stint with the Packers and would be a formidable option for the team should neither Ebron nor Pettigrew be ready by Week 3. He is eligible to start practicing with the team immediately.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
Gilberry, who was limited to 23 tackles and two sacks in 16 games for the Bengals last season, bolsters the Lions' defensive end depth, though his path to IDP relevance hinges on him securing his share of snaps at the position opposite Ziggy Ansah.
The Lions are expected to release 31-year-old Stephen Tulloch, who carries a $7.3 million cap hit for the final year of his contract. The team presumably wants a younger and cheaper starting middle linebacker, after Tulloch was largely limited to a two-down role in 2015. The 25-year-old Whitehead signed a two-year, $8 million contract last week, making him the favorite to take over Tulloch's old role, though Josh Bynes could also compete for the job. Whitehead started 24 games for Detroit over the past two years, playing both inside and outside linebacker, yet never quite earning a consistent every-down role. He should have the inside track to that role in 2016, potentially leading to IDP utility.
Robinson was widely expected to be a first-round pick, but he fell this far because he's likely a pure run-stopping tackle in the NFL. Even if he doesn't collapse the pocket on passing downs, though, Robinson should prove a valuable anchor on the interior for Detroit, and at the very least he provides them with a long-term option for absorbing double-teams. Robinson is unlikely to make an IDP impact, however.
Quin had been taking it easy since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, but participated in near-full capacity during Tuesday's session. For reference, Quin never participated in any team drills during OTAs. However, now in minicamp, he lined up as the starting free safety during team drills, admittedly only for a portion of the snaps, though. It appears Quin has been setback-free in his recovery, and will continue to amp up his workload in practice as the offseason wears on.
Searcy, who left Week 14 against the Broncos and was unable to return, has 47 tackles and three interceptions this year in Buffalo.
It was never disclosed why Carey was on the NFI list, but he'll be able to practice for the fist time this training camp. Detroit's safety position seems to be up for grabs at this point and Carey will have the opportunity to earn some play time in the coming weeks.
Slay was considered questionable for the game with what head coach Jim Caldwell described as a "medical situation", but appeared fit and able Thursday, albeit in limited action. He'll enter the 2016 season as the Lions' top cornerback coming off a 2015 campaign that saw him finish as ProFootballFocus.com's second-highest graded corner and 44th-highest graded player overall.
There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft.
"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."
Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation.
Jones came out with a dominant opening drive, first making a beautiful 32-yard sideline catch, and then fighting through an illegal contact penalty for a 19-yard gain on the following snap. Detroit's next play was a quick slant to Jones, who evaded the first tackler and picked up five yards. The Lions first-team offense ultimately played just three drives, with Jones and Golden Tate (3-41-0) accounting for nine of the 11 targets and 106 of the 113 receiving yards. Granted, the Lions didn't have pass-catching TE Eric Ebron (leg) or lead back Ameer Abdullah (shoulder). Still, it's hard not to be encouraged by Jones' first two showings in a Lions uniform, as he's caught five passes on four drives and is clearly Matt Stafford's top deep option. Even if Tate, Ebron, Anquan Boldin and Theo Riddick account for the vast majority of short targets, Jones figures to get plenty of attention down the field, which gives him the highest ceiling amongst a deep group of pass-catchers.
Following Stevan Ridley's release on Thursday, and with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner cemented atop the depth chart, only Washington and Winn are left standing as candidates for the team's last running back job. As Detroit's seventh-round pick, Washington offers explosive kick return capabilities and a penchant for big plays. Winn, on the other hand, can contribute in literally every facet of special teams and has seemingly been a favorite of HC Jim Caldwell for some time. Both tailbacks figure to see plenty of action in the Lions' regular season dress rehearsal Saturday night, but the decision will likely come down to how the coaches valuate Washington's upside in comparison to Winn's dependability on doing the dirty work.
Prater's lone blemish was a 53-yard attempt that pegged the right upright, but he otherwise converted a 28-yarder as well as a 60-yarder as time expired in the first half. Though facing heat from undrafted rookie Devon Bell, who converted one of his two attempts on Saturday, Prater has displayed significantly superior leg strength and appears poised to handle Detroit's kicking duties yet again during the 2016 campaign.
While technically now available to practice, Levy won't necessarily do so Tuesday. He did suggest that he hopes to play in at least one preseason game, but the real goal will be to have him ready for Week 1. Even after missing all of last season with a hip injury and the first three weeks of training camp with an undisclosed issue, Levy possesses an IDP ceiling that's among the best in the league. Few linebackers possess a similar combination of run-stopping and coverage skills.
Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side.
Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays.
"I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.
His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.
"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told MLive.com. "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."
"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."
Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.
"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."
Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick continue to slot in as as the Lions' top two running backs, while Winn (who recorded just four carries for one yard in seven 2015 appearances for Detroit) and Zach Zenner will jostle for depth slotting in the team's backfield along with free agent acquisition Stevan Ridley.
Carter missed all of his rookie season with an ankle injury, but is getting back into the flow of things this offseason. He was originally placed on the injured reserve/designated to return, but the injury lingered and he couldn't recover in time. Now that he's back to full strength, the 2015 third-round pick has been rotating between the first and second team defense and spent time at both outside and slot corner back. In training camp, he'll be competing with Darrin Walls, Quandre Diggs, and Crezdon Butler for reps in the slot and behind starters Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson.
Ngata will thus continue to be a key part of the Lions' interior defensive line, with his arrival in a trade with the Ravens last March having occurred in the wake of the departure of Ndamukong Suh. With 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games this past season, Ngata is off the IDP radar in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
Pettigrew suffered a torn ACL last December and began training camp on the team's PUP list. However, the decision to place him on this specific list may ultimately be contingent on the status of fellow TE Eric Ebron (ankle). Should Ebron be healthy enough to play from the onset of the regular season, Detroit could have added incentive to shelf Pettigrew on the PUP list through Week 6 in order to ensure the veteran's return to full health.
A broken foot landed Fuller on the PUP list to begin training camp, so with roster cut-downs and Week 1 approaching, the Lions will opt to keep him on that list to begin the year. Fortunately, Fuller is only expected to need the minimum amount of time on the PUP list (six weeks) before returning to action. In the interim, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones figure to serve as the starting wideouts for the Lions and the recently acquired Anquan Boldin should see additional snaps while Fuller is sidelined.
Bush has taken every first-team rep more than a week into training camp alongside entrenched-starter Glover Quin and appears to have won out in his competition with fellow free-agrent acquisition Tavon Wilson for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Wilson figures to be the team's No. 3 safety and should take the field in nickel packages. This pecking order doesn't figure to change before Week 1.
The Lions set at the free safety position with veteran Glover Quinn (ankle), but the strong safety job looks to be an open and intense competition. Initially there was concern about Killebrew's coverage ability, but he'll be given every chance to prove he can handle coverage at the NFL level, where he'll likely be asked to cover tight ends. Due to the veteran presence of Bush and Wilson, it would be surprising if Killebrew became the team's Week 1 starter, but it is likely that he gets some backup snaps to start the year.
The Lions seem comfortable entering the 2016 campaign with Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, Quan Diggs and Darrin Walls serving as their top four cornerbacks, but the signing of McGee, at the expense of the recently-waived Keith Williams, may signal the team is unsure of the depth behind them. Johnson Bademosi, Crezdon Butler and Alex Carter figure to join McGee as the primary competition for what may ultimately be one or two roster spots.
"It's good," he said. "Your soreness is going to be obvious, but I feel better. It's coming along pretty well. It feels good to run again."
Warford suffered the injury in the preseason and missed Week 1.
After clearing waivers Tuesday, the Lions placed the tight end on injured reserve, thus retaining his rights while he spends the next year or so in rehabilitation. In three professional seasons with a trio of organizations, the hybrid wideout/tight end has totaled 89 catches (on 125 targets) for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games.
Ansah was drafted as a high-upside prospect at No. 5 overall in 2013 and has since emerged into one of the NFL's premier pass rushers. Through three seasons, he's totaled 30 sacks, including a career-best 14.5 last season, which accompanied 47 tackles and four forced fumbles as well. A fast-rising talent, Ansah will remain with the Lions through 2017, when his salary is expected to rise to $12.7 million.
Originally a defensive end, Zettel was more of a defensive tackle over the last two years at Penn State, a span in which he was quite disruptive on a strong defense. At 6-foot-4, 277 pounds, Zettel remains a tackle/end tweener, as he has the size of an end but athleticism below the average for one.
Reid was atop the Lions' depth chart prior to being injured in Detroit's preseason game against Washington. Though he will likely return to the team in a supporting role behind Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, backup defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Gabe Wright combined for 39 defensive snaps in Week 1 - a total Reid may take the bulk of once he returns to full health.
"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."
Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.
"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.
Jones and fellow wideout Golden Tate led the team in receiving, but Tate needed three receptions to log the same number of yards, showcasing the contrast between Tate's role as a possession receiver versus Jones' as a situational play-maker. However, Jones does not project to be nearly as involved in the Lions' offense as Tate does when the regular season comes around. Nonetheless, he appears to have locked-up a roster spot as the Lions' No. 4 wide receiver entering the 2016 campaign.
With TE Eric Ebron (ankle) still unavailable, Matthew Stafford honed in on Tate, Marvin Jones (six targets) and Anquan Boldin (five targets) during a rough first half for the starting offense. Tate is still going to start and play the vast majority of snaps, but he'll probably spend less time in the slot than he did last season, as Boldin is at his best working over the middle.
After emerging as an odd man out in the Detroit wideout corps, Kerley brings added slot depth and experience to the 49ers' pass-catching unit. While his path to fantasy relevance is not immediate, Kerley -- who caught 16 passes for 152 yards and two TDs for the Jets in 2015 -- should be able to crack San Francisco's 53-man roster.
Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) received the start, but only lasted two series before getting pulled in favor of Riddick. However, Riddick was largely held in check by the Ravens' first-string defense as the majority of his yardage came on just one 34-yard scamper. Overall, though, Riddick remained heavily involved in Detroit's passing game and appears poised to resume his role as the Lions' pass-catching specialist out of the backfield in 2016.
Gooden believes he can still play this season despite being placed on injured reserve, so the Titans released him so he can try to hook on with another team.
Orlovsky was much better in Detroit's first preseason game, and in any case, he doesn't appear to have competition for the top backup job. If the Lions do retain sixth-round rookie Jake Rudock, it will likely just be as the No. 3 quarterback, which usually comes with inactive status on gamedays.
Though Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin all participated in the event, it was Lee, an undrafted rookie out of Baylor, who led the team in receptions and was one of just three players to record a touchdown. Furthermore, while Lee was deployed with the Lions' second-team offense, most of his production came against the team's starting defense. While he isn't a lock to make the final roster, Lee is undoubtedly in the conversation for Detroit's No. 5 wide receiver job behind Tate, Jones, Boldin and TJ Jones. However, he faces veteran competition from the likes of Jeremy Kerley, Andre Roberts and Andre Caldwell, as well as from fellow undrafted rookie Quinshad Davis.
Back in 2012, then-rookie Wilson played in all 16 games for the Patriots, logging four starts and an equal number of interceptions. In three seasons since, he failed to start a single contest, and picked off just one pass. Now in Detroit, the Illinois product will have the opportunity to reposition himself as an NFL starter this offseason, according to Lions GM Bob Quinn. Glover Quin (ankle) is currently cemented in as their starting free safety, but Wilson will compete with Rafael Bush to patrol the secondary alongside him. However, Bush is the presumptive favorite to win this battle, and the Lions could still further address the safety position in the draft or through the free-agent market.
According to ESPN.com, Lemuel Jeanpierre worked with the first team during Tuesday's OTA practice. Patrick Lewis, who many projected to be the front-runner for the job, worked in as Jeanpierre's backup.
After practice, coach Pete Carroll said Jeanpierre earned the opportunity to begin OTAs as the first-team center.
Jeanpierre has been with the Seahawks since 2011 and Lewis joined the squad a year ago. Jeanpierre has 11 career starts and Lewis has four, all of which happened with Seattle in 2014.
Ebron practiced Tuesday for the first time since early August, but he was then held out both Wednesday and Thursday. It's unclear if he suffered a setback, but if so, his Week 1 status may now be in danger. The 23-year-old tight end hasn't played in any preseason games and probably won't be ready for Thursday's exhibition finale against the Bills.
Compared to last year's o-line, only two players are back but even those guys have switched positions and shifted along the line. Justin Pugh has gone from right tackle to left guard and Weston Richburg shifted from left guard to center.
Will Beatty, who was a mainstay at left tackle last season, will miss five to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Beatty's injury has paved the way for rookie Ereck Flowers to step in at the left tackle position.
Quaterback Eli Manning is still adjusting to all the moving pieces in front of him.
"Obviously, having a new center can be an adjustment," Manning said. "But (Weston) Richburg was here last year and I got snaps with him last year, so that hasn't been a big deal. Anytime you have a rookie at left tackle, it can be an adjustment."
Smith played in 15 games last season as DeMarcus Ware's backup on the line, recording 11 tackles and no sacks. He was placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury before the team's divisional-round loss against the Colts. His role next season could go to Shaquil Barrett, who was added to the roster before that playoff loss.
The Lions project to carry five wide receivers on their active roster entering the regular season, and Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Anquan Boldin and TJ Jones appear locked-in. Thus, one job remains up for the taking, and, even though he wasn't particularly impressive on Saturday, Roberts appears poised to claim it for his own due to his veteran presence and capability returning kickoffs. However, such a role doesn't garner much, if any, fantasy relevance, leaving Roberts squarely off the fantasy radar entering the regular season.
Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.
The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.
As expected, Abdullah started but played limited snaps in his first game action since last season, getting all of his touches during the first quarter. He did appear to have a 15-yard touchdown scamper on the first play of the second quarter, but it was called back due to a teammate's holding penalty. In addition to starting on offense, Abdullah may get some opportunities in the return game, though his role as the lead back could limit his special teams contributions to crucial situations. He resumed contact work in practice last week, and there's been no suggestion of any setback with his shoulder.
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