|Offense||17th||110.0 (14th)||202.0 (19th)|
|Defense||7th||53.5 (4th)||235.5 (21st)|
|39||Agnew, Jamal||CB||5-10||190||4/3/1995||R||San Diego|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||275||5/29/1989||5||Brigham Young|
|43||Bellore, Nick||LB||6-1||250||5/12/1989||7||Central Michigan|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||202||2/14/1987||9||Norfolk State|
|63||Cleary, Emmett||T||6-7||320||4/27/1990||3||Boston College|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||305||4/9/1993||2||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||311||8/23/1993||2||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||253||4/10/1993||4||North Carolina|
|19||Golladay, Kenny||WR||6-4||213||11/1/1993||R||Northern Illinois|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||3||Notre Dame|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||2||Southern Utah|
|76||Lang, T.J.||G||6-4||315||9/20/1987||9||Eastern Michigan|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||4||Utah State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||5||Appalachian State|
|72||Mihalik, Brian||T||6-9||315||8/21/1992||2||Boston College|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||14||Texas A&M|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||9||New Mexico|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||5||Notre Dame|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||5||Mississippi State|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||197||8/2/1988||8||Notre Dame|
|45||Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/10/1993||1||Fresno State|
|34||Zenner, Zach||RB||5-11||221||9/13/1991||3||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DE||6-4||270||8/9/1992||2||Penn State|
|53||Chubb, Brandon (IR)||LB||6-1||240||10/21/1993||1||Wake Forest|
|51||Copeland, Brandon (IR)||DE||6-3||263||7/2/1991||3||Pennsylvania|
|93||Hill, Jordan (IR)||DT||6-1||290||2/8/1991||5||Penn State|
|61||Hyder, Kerry (IR)||DE||6-2||270||5/2/1991||2||Texas Tech|
|39||James, Mike (IR)||RB||5-10||223||4/13/1991||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|46||Lawrence, Des (IR)||DB||6-1||185||11/30/1994||R||North Carolina|
|2||Redfern, Kasey (IR)||P||6-1||205||9/26/1991||1||Wofford|
|70||Robinson, Corey (IR)||T||6-7||317||5/21/1992||3||South Carolina|
|50||Armbrister, Thurston||OLB||6-3||235||12/25/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|38||Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-11||188||4/30/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|Barrett, Alex||DE||6-3||260||2/6/1994||R||San Diego State|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||1||Eastern Oregon State|
|Ringo, Christian||DE||6-1||298||3/10/1992||2||UL Lafayette|
|Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-5||260||11/23/1992||2||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|97||Bryant, Armonty||DE||6-4||265||5/20/1990||5||East Central (OK)|
|99||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||4||Southern Mississippi|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Roberts was outperformed by veteran Tim Wright in this one, as the latter hauled in three of three targets for 34 yards Friday. However, Roberts' status as a fourth-round rookie nearly guarantees him a roster spot, so this underwhelming performance isn't a concern in the big picture.
Zenner will fill in as the No. 3 back, starting with Sunday's game against the Falcons. The role figures to include a portion of the early-down carries and goal-line work, but the Lions have a strong preference for their passing game even when they're close to the opponent's end zone. Zenner won't be of much interest unless Ameer Abdullah also suffers an injury.
Lawson quietly put together a solid 2016 campaign that seemingly went underappreciated due to his lack of big plays. However, the four-year vet served as the Lions' top cover corner when Darius Slay wasn't able to play and finished the year among the league leaders in fewest yards allowed per coverage snap (0.82). It's possible 2017 second-rounder Teez Tabor could push for a starting gig before long, but, for now, the job appears to be Lawson's to lose.
Fan favorite Billingsley didn't survive last weekend's roster cuts, as Jared Abbrederis won the battle for the No. 5 receiver gig. Should injuries hit the Lions' wideouts this season -- specifically slot men Golden Tate and Abbrederis -- look for Billingsley to get the call-up.
Thomas originally signed with the Lions as an undrafted rookie out of UConn back in May. However, he would've needed to be significantly impressive on special teams in order to survive final cuts. He's a candidate for the practice squad, though.
Abbrederis is the No. 5 receiver on the depth chart and is unlikely to be active on game days unless he's needed as a return man on special teams.
The writing was on the wall for Davis to log his first career DNP after the rookie failed to practice in any capacity this week. Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that Tahir Whitehead is expected to take over at MLB in Davis' steed, which makes Whitehead quite an interesting IDP option this week. After all, he started all 16 games at MLB last year for the Lions and accrued double-digit tackles in nine of 17 games.
Not a star in his own right, Spence is still a solid addition to an up-and-coming Lions defensive line; at the very least, he'll be a quality rotational piece in DC Teryl Austin's 4-3 system. His signing likely means Tyrunn Walker and/or Stefan Charles won't be coming back to Detroit.
Stafford followed his four-touchdown outing in Week 1 by throwing a pair of scores in the first half. However, besides Week 1 of the 2010 season -- when a shoulder injury forced him out before halftime -- Stafford's 122 yards marked the fewest of his career. With a lost fumble to boot, it wasn't a great night for Stafford, but his two touchdowns and second victory of the season should keep him satisfied. Looking ahead, the Lions' Week 3 matchup against the Falcons could end up being a shootout, which would surely favor a bounce back from Stafford statistically.
Agnew, who the Lions took in the fifth round due to his proficiency as a return man, is paying immediate dividends for Detroit. With his team clinging to a seven-point lead in the final quarter of play, Agnew put the game away by taking a punt 88 yards to the house -- which came in particularly handy on a night the Lions had some trouble moving the ball. The rookie out of San Diego also saw time at kick returner, but only gained 15 yards on his lone attempt. If there's a negative aspect to his night, it's that Agnew only logged one snap on defense, so he clearly has work to do before becoming an option in IDP leagues.
This news comes on the heels of Rudock's impressive performance against the Patriots during last Friday's exhibition, in which the second-year QB completed 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown to earn a 128.0 QBR, which bested all three of the quarterbacks that entered the game before he did -- Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Jimmy Garappolo. Granted, Rudock was playing against second-string defenders, but there's no doubting that he has the look of an up-and-coming talent. However, the Lions would probably need a really sweet offer to give Rudock up, as they'd be in trouble if something happened to Stafford and current third-stringer Brad Kaaya was forced to take over.
Hill, a third-round pick in 2013, split time last season between the Seahawks, Jaguars, and Redskins, making four appearances in total. Although his career numbers are mostly underwhelming, the defensive tackle posted 5.5 sacks in 2014 and will look to regain similar form in Detroit.
James had missed the past week of practice due to a concussion. He's likely stuck on IR through the end of the season, barring an injury settlement.
Thornton will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 16, which happens to be the beginning of the Lions' bye week. The reserve defensive lineman took 307 snaps on defense last season, racking up 19 tackles and one sack through 13 contests. With Thornton sidelined, the Lions may opt to bring in another defensive tackle to bolster the depth chart behind starters Haloti Ngata and A'Shawn Robinson. Thornton is allowed to take part in offseason practices and preseason games.
Washington appears locked into a starting role entering Week 1 with Kerry Hyder (Achilles) done for the year. If his health cooperates (Washington's missed 33 of 64 career games), the Georgia product seems poised for an increase in statistical production after setting a career-high 20 tackles and two sacks with the Bears last season.
Already a starter at outside linebacker, Whitehead has piled up 13 tackles and an interception through two weeks while logging 73 percent of the defensive snaps. With an every-down role seemingly in the cards for Week 3, he sneakily profiles as one of the better IDP options in the league, at least temporarily. Whitehead had 132 tackles in 15 games while handling a three-down role last season, but he didn't have any sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.
Ringo failed to see the field in the Bengals' season opener on Sunday and will now head to the waiver wire after Tuesday's release. He could field interest elsewhere for teams in need of depth on the defensive line, but if he doesn't, the Bengals' practice squad is a potential landing spot. A former sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2015, Ringo has a total of two tackles and a forced fumble in eight NFL games.
Tabor, the Lions' second-round draft pick, is a healthy scratch for the second time in as many weeks. While it seems he's been slow to acclimate to the professional level, the Lions' respectable depth at corner is likely also playing a part in the team's decision to delay Tabor's professional debut.
As a rookie, Robinson played on 39.7 percent of the defensive snaps, second only to veteran Haloti Ngata. The 2016 second-rounder responded with 30 tackles and two sacks with seven passes defended, which was good for third among all defensive linemen in the league. An increased level of playing time usually leads to improved counting stats, especially if Robinson is on the field more on third downs, which would presumably present him more quality opportunities to up his sack total.
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.
Robinson was held out of the Lions' opener against the Cardinals and now will head to IR without a concrete timetable for a return. With Robinson heading to IR, the Lions will bring in free agent tackle Emmett Cleary for additional depth on the offensive line. Robinson took part in 14 games for the Lions last season, including three starts.
Dahl was limited in practice throughout the week and was considered a toss-up heading into Sunday's matchup. His absence will leave the Lions' line with less depth against the defending NFC champion Falcons.
Copeland served as a key special teams player for the Lions in each of the last two seasons, but he'll now revert to injured reserve and be out for the year once he clears waivers.
Carey played in 14 games last season but was limited to a special teams role as Glover Quin received the starts at free safety. He will likely return to the same role in Week 1.
Cleary spent the 2016 campaign with the Cowboys, playing in 13 games with one start. After failing to make a regular season roster out of the gate, Clearly will now join the Lions after they lost fellow tackle Corey Robinson (foot) to IR. The 27-year-old should jump in as additional depth.
Ledbetter (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is a bowling ball of a defensive end who figures to see inside snaps in nickel formations. He has long arms and good strength to potentially transition inside on a full-time basis, too.
Swanson joins fellow linemen Joe Dahl (lower leg) on the inactive list this week. The position group is thin for Week 3, with Zac Kerin likely sliding into starting role in Swanson's absence.
Those who were expecting an encore of Golladay's scintillating Week 1 performance were surely disappointed by Monday's stat line, but the fact of the matter is that QB Matthew Stafford only attempted 21 passes -- which is a career low if you don't count the 2010 game in which Stafford blew out his shoulder. Owners can almost certainly bank on Detroit going much more pass heavy this weekend against the high-octane Falcons offense.
Bryant, who has already been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 regular season, is slated to begin training camp on the PUP list. The 2013 seventh-rounder notched just five tackles through five games with the Lions last season, so his absence won't have much of an impact on the team's defense.
Jones opened the scoring with a stellar catch on a deep route early on. While that gave Jones his second touchdown in as many games this season, it also marked his lone grab of the evening. Thus far, Jones' stock has been buoyed by his trips to pay dirt, so he'll aim for a more well-rounded performance in Week 3 versus the Falcons.
Bellore was released over the weekend in order to allow the team to add extra depth at offensive tackle. However, they since released the offensive lineman they'd signed in order to bring Bellore back into the fold. Despite his return, the 28-year-old isn't likely to see many snaps even if he's active for this weekend's matchup with the Giants.
The rookie out of Wofford saw action in just one game for the Lions, getting off one punt for 50 yards. However, he suffered both a torn ACL and MCL, in addition to a partial tear of his patellar tendon, so he'll now have to start the long road to recovery. He'll head to IR, which prompted the Lions to pick up free agent Jeff Locke on Tuesday. Locke should take over starting duties moving forward.
A specific length of absence hasn't been given by the Lions. In his unspecified departure, TJ Jones and Jamal Agnew are next in line to return kicks while Zach Zenner and Tion Green might be able to see a few snaps at running back behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.
Wagner appears to be entering the regular season at full health.
Just like last season, the Lions are keeping Barnes around as emergency help at cornerback.
Prater had an angel on his side Monday, as his lone field goal bounced off the horizontal pipe and luckily found its way through the uprights. While that only made for Prater's second field-goal try in as many games, both of his attempts have been successful and, notably, from 56 yards out or longer. Next week's matchup with the Falcons should be a higher-scoring affair and, assuming that proves true, could lead to more chances for Prater to show off his reputably strong leg.
Diggs admitted himself that he's in a "heated" training camp battle for time at corner given the Lions' recent additions of rookies Teez Tabor and Jamal Agnew as well as former Raiders CB D.J. Hayden, so he'll need to stay healthy and keep performing in order to maintain his standing atop the depth chart. Last season, Diggs' play slipped after a promising 2015 campaign, but he seems to have had a good offseason and even made the "play of the day" during Wednesday's practice, tipping and then intercepting a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone that was intended for Golden Tate.
The veteran defensive tackle wanted to make sure he was completely healthy heading into the new season, even undergoing a neurological exam to determine whether he'd sustained any brain damage over his career. The results showed none, according to the defensive tackle. "The brain is good to go," Ngata said. "I wanted to make sure my head was good. He (the neurologist) said everything was pretty good -- really good, actually. ... Just to make sure, with all things that are going on with the brain and stuff throughout the league, I don't want to have problems when I'm older." The defensive tackle missed some time last year due to calf and quad issues, but he still managed to record 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks through 13 games.
Milligan tried his hand to make it as a depth safety with the Lions, but it's obvious the team is going in a different direction. Should he clear waivers, Milligan could be signed to the practice squad.
Fells logged 32 offensive snaps Monday but only received one target as he was the clear blocking complement to Eric Ebron, who secured five of five targets for 42 yards and a touchdown. Barring an injury to Ebron, don't expect things to change.
Green is nothing more than the No. 5 tailback on the depth chart and will likely need multiple injuries to players ahead of him in order to be a regular member of the game-day roster.
Killebrew was penciled in as the No. 3 safety entering the season, but it seems the Lions are tasking him with even more responsibility now after his coming-out party in the season opener in which Killebrew recorded his first career pick-six. In fact, Killebrew's 42 defensive snaps Monday was significantly greater than that of starter Tavon Wilson, who garnered 23. If he can maintain his productive ways as the season unfolds, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Killebrew outright displace Wilson as the first-string strong safety.
Worrilow was quite the success story during his rookie season with the Falcons in 2013 when he racked up 127 tackles and two sacks as the team's starting middle linebacker after going undrafted out of Delaware. Despite churning out 142 and 95 tackles in each of the two subsequent seasons, he lost his starting spot to second-round rookie Deion Jones in 2016 and ultimately finished the year with only 21 stops. However, Worrilow has a chance to revive his career in Detroit, where there's currently a huge need for talent at outside linebacker, especially after the release of DeAndre Levy. He could fit in at both of the strongside and weakside outside linebacker positions and the Lions' plans to try him out at both spots should help the team determine where he best fits into the defense. Considering how Levy recorded triple-digit tackles in three of four seasons between 2011 and 2014 while operating in an every-down OLB role for the Lions, the potential is there for Worrilow to enjoy a resurgent 2017 campaign if he's able to secure a starting job.
Ansah had been labeled as questionable heading into Sunday after the knee injury limited his involvement in practice this week. While the defensive end may not be completely healthy, a gimpy Ansah still represents the Lions' top pass rusher and could present a tough matchup for a Falcons offense that will be missing one of its starting tackles in Ryan Schraeder (concussion).
Hayden, who was slowed down with a hamstring injury during the offseason, received first team reps during the Lions' preseason opener with Darius Slay sidelined. He projects to provide cornerback depth heading into the regular season.
Martin was placed on the NFI at the start of camp and it looks like he will remain there for a portion of the regular season. Kasey Redfern will open the season as the Lions punter in Martin's stead.
Jones caught two of four targets for 32 yards, while Kenny Golladay caught four of seven targets for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 44 offensive snaps. It appears the rookie locked down the No. 3 receiver role faster than expected, leaving Jones with an injury-dependent path to fantasy relevance.
Missing from Tate's stat line is the fact quarterback Matthew Stafford attempted just 21 passes en route to the second-lowest passing total of the gunslinger's career -- which obviously didn't bode well for the success of a volume-dependent receiver like Tate. Considering he saw 8.4 targets per game last season, not to mention 10 looks in the season opener, look for Tate to play a much bigger offensive role in weeks to come.
Monday's game flow didn't offer the Lions offense many opportunities to air it out, which is clearly supported by the fact QB Matthew Stafford attempted a career-low 21 passes, so Detroit simply had no need to deploy an up-tempo, no-huddle offense in which Riddick typically thrives. Next week's matchup with 2016 MVP Matt Ryan and the high-powered Falcons offense should lend Riddick a more favorable game script to showcase his stellar receiving chops.
Detroit continued to address its issues at linebacker Saturday by going after Reeves-Maybin. He came into the year as a potential Day 2 selection after a strong junior season that saw him rack up 105 total tackles and 14.0 tackles for loss. However, Reeves-Maybin had a season-ending shoulder injury early in his senior year and reportedly had a shaky pro day. If Reeves-Maybin is able to recapture his 2015 form, he'll end up being a nice value pick for the Lions in the fourth round.
After making the team out of training camp, Barrett disappointed in his first two games and was axed earlier this week in order to make room for George Johnson.
Decker is eligible for the regular season PUP list because he started the preseason on the same list and never returned to practice. He won't count as a member of the official 53-man roster until he's potentially activated off the list, which can't occur until six weeks into the regular season.
The Lions are likely keeping Armbrister on hold in case injuries hit their linebacking corps.
Wilson didn't practice whatsoever this week, so this news comes as no surprise. His absence should open the door for the up-and-coming safety Miles Killebrew to log his first career start.
Ebron paced the Lions in all major receiving categories, hauling in everything thrown his way. Admittedly, quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for the second-fewest yards of his career, but Ebron's seven-yard score at least helped him lead the charge.
Johnson spent the 2016 season on injured reserve with the Buccaneers and was released prior to Week 1 earlier this month. The 29-year-old will hope to replicate his 2014 season in Detroit when he had 29 tackles (23 solo) and six sacks, but he more likely will serve as a rotational piece on the defensive line.
This was virtually inevitable, as Hyder had already been ruled out for the season with a torn Achilles. It'll be interesting to see if Detroit management adds a veteran pass rusher during roster cuts later this month in order provide more depth at the position, as the Lions otherwise will be left with a rather uninspiring group of defensive ends to help replace Hyder.
Just a day after Robinson was placed on the list, the Lions went ahead and activated him, so it likely wasn't an overly serious injury. He'll jump back in as a key cog in the offensive line rotation and is still considered the favorite to take over as the team's starting left tackle with Taylor Decker (shoulder) set to miss the first month of the season. Robinson is immediately eligible to return to practice.
With fellow punter Kasey Redfern (knee) heading to injured reserve, Locke will join the Lions and should immediately function as the team's top punter. The 27-year-old spent the first four years of his career with the Vikings, before starting the 2017 campaign with the Colts, though he was ultimately let go prior to the opener. For his career, Locke has averaged 43.2 yards per punt.
Abdullah spearheaded a running game that stunningly outgained Matthew Stafford and the Lions' passing attack. While Theo Riddick totaled 12 touches, including nine carries, Abdullah accounted for nearly 50 more yards on the night despite not catching a pass. On paper, Abdullah appears to have another tough matchup in Week 3 versus the Falcons, but he'll look to build on Monday's success with another solid performance.