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Detroit Lions list 6 new starters on first depth chart of regular season

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Detroit Lions list 6 new starters on first depth chart of regular season

 

Rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis is one of six new Lions starters to open the 2017 season.
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Jarrad Davis, a first-round pick out of Florida, leads the way at middle linebacker. Free-agent pickup Paul Worrilow will flank on him on the strong side, while Cornelius Washington takes over for the injured Kerry Hyder at defensive end.

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On offense, prized free agents Rick Wagner (right tackle) and T.J. Lang (right guard) lead the way for a reworked offensive line. Another newcomer, Greg Robinson, won the left tackle job in the wake of the Taylor Decker injury.

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As for special teams, Golden Tate is listed as the winner of the punt return job even though he never fielded a punt in the preseason and did it sparingly in practice once the pads came on.

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Dwayne Washington is listed as the starting kick returner, even though he ranked outside the top 100 at it during the preseason.

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TJ Jones is the backup at both kick and punt returner, and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him get a few reps this season, perhaps even Sunday against Arizona.

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Among rookies, only Davis is listed as having won a starting job.

Here's the full depth chart for that game:

Offense
Receiver 1: Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay
Left tackle: Greg Robinson, Brian Mihalik
Left guard: Graham Glasgow, Joe Dahl
Center: Travis Swanson
Right guard: T.J. Lang, Zac Kerin
Right tackle: Rick Wagner, Corey Robinson
Tight end: Eric Ebron, Darren Fells, Michael Roberts
Receiver 2: Marvin Jones, TJ Jones, Jared Abbrederis
Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, Jake Rudock
Running back 1: Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner
Running back 2: Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington, Tion Green

Defense
Defensive end: Cornelius Washington, Jeremiah Valoaga
Defensive tackle: A'Shawn Robinson, Akeem Spence
Defensive tackle: Haloti Ngata, Jeremiah Ledbetter
Defensive end: Ezekiel Ansah, Anthony Zettel, Alex Barrett
Weak-side linebacker: Tahir Whitehead, Jalen Reeves-Maybin
Middle linebacker: Jarrad Davis, Nick Bellore
Strong-side linebacker: Paul Worrilow, Steve Longa
Cornerback: Darius Slay, D.J. Hayden, Jamal Agnew
Cornerback: Nevin Lawson, Teez Tabor, Quandre Diggs
Strong safety: Tavon Wilson, Miles Killebrew
Free safety: Glover Quin, Charles Washington, Don Carey

Special teams
Placekicker: Matt Prater
Holder: Kasey Redfern
Kickoffs: Matt Prater, Kasey Redfern
Punter: Kasey Redfern
Long snapper: Don Muhlbach
Punt returner: Golden Tate, TJ Jones, Jamal Agnew, Jared Abbrederis
Kick returner: Dwayne Washington, TJ Jones, Jamal Agnew, Jared Abbrederis

 

 

What do you think of the week 1 depth chart? Are there any changes you would make if you were in charge?

Do any of the decisions surprise you? Are there any that bother you?

Are there any players currently backing up a position that you expect to win a starting job by the end of the season?

What positions do you feel need to be addressed the most in the upcoming offseason whether it be through free agency or the draft?

How do you feel the Lions roster stacks up against the other teams in the NFCN? How about the NFC/NFL?

Are there any current free agents who you would like to see the Lions go out and sign to improve the current roster depth?

If your ideal depth chart looks different, post it below!

Share your thoughts below!

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59 minutes ago, Louis Friend said:

They plan on starting Worrilow? We cut Antwione Williams to start Worrilow? :(

Worrilow has tons of experience which we need at the position, and Williams doesnt cut it one ST's.

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4 hours ago, detroitroar said:

What I wouldnt give for Ashawn to have a breakout year.

Ashawn is going to be a force drawing double teams.

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1 hour ago, LionsFTW said:

It angers me to still see Haloti on our roster. 

Me too until I look at the rest of our DL. Then I hope we can squeeze a decent year out of him.

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9 hours ago, Nnivolcm said:

Me too until I look at the rest of our DL. Then I hope we can squeeze a decent year out of him.

We just need bodies at this point. Ngata is a big body. I don't think its asking too much to have him be an okay rotational guy.

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On 9/8/2017 at 4:56 PM, detroitroar said:

Worrilow has tons of experience which we need at the position, and Williams doesnt cut it one ST's.

We just cut LB Bellore. The special teamer. So why cut a starter? 

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46 minutes ago, Louis Friend said:

We just cut LB Bellore. The special teamer. So why cut a starter? 

I read that they cut Bellore with the intention of signing him after this game because his contract became guaranteed if he was on the opening day roster. 

 

Didn't care enough to fact check.

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