Here are the Church of Schwartz questions for this week. As per usual, I will link to the other bloggers' answers once they are posted. Couple really made me think this time...
1. Are there any undrafted rookies that you expect to be on the team this season?
Honestly, there are not any of the undrafted rookies that I "expect" to be on the team this year. The one who has probably an outside to good shot is Antoine Smith. Behind Kevin Smith and Mourice Morris the Lions really don't have anyone outstanding there. After the release of Calhoun, looking at the Lions' roster Antone Smith is only fighting with Allen Ervin, Avieon Cason and Brown for what is likely to be two RB spots. His special teams play will go a long way towards determining if he makes the roster. Of all UDFA signed, RB is the least cluttered and most likely spot for one to stick.
2. If you can pick ONE remaining free agent on the market for the Lions to sign, who is it?
As of right now, there aren't any FA out there that I really want the Lions to sign. I'm sure Mayhew will keep scanning the waivers and releases. I expect to see a lot more moves as young players with potential are let go as teams trim down to the camp roster limits. As of now, you can tell where they wanted to work on the team as they have 15 Olinemen, 14 Dlinemen, 13 LB's and 11 WR under contract right now with the signing of Colbert.
There will be a LOT of fierce competition for those positions in camp. 15 Oline fighting for maybe 8 spots. 14 dlinemen fighting for 8-9 spots. 10 LBS fighting for 3-4 backup LB spots behind Sims-Foote-JP. 10 WR fighting for 4-5 spots. Really, 8 fighting for 2-3 spots behind Johnson & Johnson. They have brought in a mix of young and old to duke it out, and hope enough stick to improve those positions.
So at this point, it's more of a holding pattern to see if there are any more Larry Foote type cap cuts who can assist an area of need.
3. What retired Lion (if any) deserves Hall of Fame consideration?
Didn't have time to research this one, by my favorite historical Lions (Night Train Lane and Lem Barney) are both in the hall already. I know Kickers don't often get in, but Eddie Murray should warrant consideration, and when Jason Hanson eventually does he most certainly should.