Martin Mayhew continues his flurries of moves, jettisoning players the coaches know won’t be making the cut and adding other players to compete while there is still time left in camp and the ifseason to evaluate them.
Safety is one area I looked at earlier, and apparently Marvin White didn’t come close to making the leap I hoped he would. He was cut, and replaced with veteran Dave Roach from St. Louis. This still leaves just 5 Safeties on the roster, and I can’t see them keeping less than 4. Talk about a position in flux!
Now we also need to include final DE’s to the list of positions the Lions coaches weren’t thrilled with. Problem solved? We’ll see — they cut Hunter after the first preseason game as a veteran courtesy since he was being surpassed by a younger guy with more upside – Willie Young. Still, with Devries nursing another lingering injury that looks like it will at this point land him on IR again, or more likely cost him a spot on the team all together. This is particularly true after they traded for Lawrence Jackson. I’ll have more thoughts on the Jackson trade tonight/early tomorrow in the Lions Congregation.
At this point, here is how I see each position breaking down:
Backups/Rotational: Phillips, Simpson, Brown
Starters: Avril, KVB
Backups/Rotational: Jackson, Young, McBride
Don’t lock me in stone on this though — with Schwartz and Mayhew this could change at any moment – and then change again!