Players currently on roster: 61
In order to get down to the 53 man roster by 4PM today (8/30) – the Lions were forced to make some tough choices today.
Below is a list of those who were cut. We will break down each cut once the dust settles.
Cut List: -
RB George Winn
RB Mikel Leshoure
Center/guard Darren Keyton
WR Kris Durham
TE Michael Egnew
OT Michael Williams
OG Garrett Reynolds
OG Rodney Austin
OG Darren Keyton
DE Darryl Tapp
LB Brandon Hepburn
LB Shamari Benton
CB Chris Greenwood
CB Mohammed Seisay
S Nate Ness
Who is the most surprising cut for you? Let us know in the comments!
The Detroit Lions waived former third-round pick TE Michael Egnew on Saturday just a few days after the claimed him off of waivers from Miami.
The Seahawks reportedly placed a claim on Egnew as well, so they could be a team to watch in the coming days.
Egnew, 24, has been a major disappointment in his first years in the NFL and it seemed likely that he would go unclaimed, but it appears as though the Lions believe he’s worthy bringing in for an extended look.
Last year, Egnew appeared in 15 games for Miami and caught seven passes for 69 yards and no touchdowns.
Jim Caldwell and the Detroit Lions will be the first to admit that they still have work to do before becoming a team that can excel through the playoffs. Although the Lions handily beat the Buffalo Bills 23-0 on Thursday, there are still some issues that need to be addressed before the team feels comfortable moving forward. “We have a ways to go, we really do. I’m glad we have more practices prior to that time,” said Jim Caldwell after the final preseason game.
Here are the most notable problems after watching the Lions preseason.
1. Lack of a dominant opponent and the penalty problem
Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh penalty with a hit on Chad Henne.
The Lions matched any opponent they played this preseason, but every single team they played are long shots for the playoffs. When a team playing a weak opponent is struggling with punts and turnovers, the coaches need to look at the game from a different perspective. Instead of asking the question, “How well did our starting cornerbacks play?” the Lions m
The Washington Redskins will keep undrafted rookie running back Silas Redd on their 53-man roster to start the season.
Redd racked up 157 yards on 34 carries (4.6 avg) this preseason adding a touchdown and three receptions. The addition of Reed to the roster means that Lache Seastrunk and Chris Thompson have failed to make the team.
Another Redskins note of interest is that kicker Kai Forbath will remain with the team.
Lions dump Miikel Leshoure
What a difference a few years make. Mike Leshoure was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft earning the starting role a year later. Now he is being left off the Lions.
Leshoure did not play special teams and with Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick all on the roster there simply was not enough carries to go around.
In his career Leshoure has 217 carries for 807 yards and nine touchdowns. Seldome used last season, he caught 34 passes for 214 yards out of the Lions backfield in 2012 which gives him dual t…
Today the Detroit Lions began cuts with a big name player getting axed first. Mikel Leshours the teams former draft pick has been given the boot. @davebirkett: The Lions have informed RB Mikel Leshoure he’s being waived. You can track all the Lions cuts here: RB Mikel Leshoure
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Matthew Stafford didn’t miss Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills. He didn’t hit either.
Stafford, in fact, didn’t play.
The Detroit Lions sat 11 starters for their preseason finale Thursday night in Buffalo, including their starting quarterback, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Golden Tate and Dominic Raiola — arguably the five biggest leaders of the offense.
Scores in games such as these really don’t matter, but for those with an odd sense of curiosity: Lions 23, Bills 0.
Detroit concludes the preseason 3-1, though those wins came against the hapless Browns, Jaguars and Bills, the latter of which averaged 12.6 points per game in the preseason.
Dan Orlovsky started at quarterback for Detroit, but for the second time in four games struggled to score points. The Lions generated only a field goal on his three drives — two of which went three-and-out.
Third-string quarterback Kellen Moore came on early in the second quarter, and provided another solid outing. He…
With the preseason finally in the rearview mirror, the 2014 NFL season is officially right around the corner. The next time fans see the league’s star players it will be during games on opening weekend.
That means one thing: Fantasy football drafts are upon us.
In order to get a ready, it’s time to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking each position, with updates from now until the start of the regular season based on stories from camp, performances in preseason games and in-depth research.
To keep things rolling, it’s time to look at the defensive side of the ball a final time. To see the top 20 defenses in 2014, CLICK HERE.
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The Detroit Lions announced that second-round OLB Kyle Van Noy recently underwent surgery to repair a “core muscle injury.” and is without a timetable for a return.
“Kyle Van Noy underwent a successful surgical procedure today due to a core muscle injury. We will continue to monitor Kyle’s progress and provide updates when appropriate.”
Van Noy reportedly first noticed the injury last week before their third preseason game against Jacksonville, and later met with a specialist this week. It was recommended that Van Noy undergo surgery to repair the issue.
“He’s still got to see the doctors, and the doctors are going to tell him he’s going to a specialist to take a look at it,” HC Jim Caldwell said earlier this week. “We’ll make a determination at that point in time where he is.”
Last year, Van Noy tallied 67 tackles with 17 of them coming for a loss to go along with four sacks and two interceptions at BYU. He also added seven pass defenses and scored a defensive touchdown.
Tonight the Detroit Lions will close out their pre-season schedule against the Buffalo Bills. That means the 2014 NFL season is so close that we can almost taste it. That almost means that it’s time to get your fantasy football team ready.
I had my draft a couple weeks ago and can’t wait to get started. (Actually to tell you the truth I didn’t get anybody I wanted and reached for Drew Brees in the second round. I have not slept since and am conniving to drug another league member and convince him to trade me Adrian Peterson for scraps. Fantasy football does things to people.)
Anyway… the first order of business in creating a championship caliber fantasy team is picking a clever name with some sort of play on your favorite team. Here are our five Lions-themed favorites:
5. May the Schwartz be with Hew
4. Stafford infection
3. Fairley Suhperfluous
2. The Jersey LeShoure
1. Why Suh serious?
Submit your own Lions fantasy team name in the comments section and you could win a prize.
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The latest rumors surrounding the Detroit Lions preseason is that they are shopping around for a few extra hands at defensive back. The Lions made a few roster moves of late, but they did not pick up a defensive back. They picked up two tight ends, Michael Egnew and Emil Igwenagu.
Unless the Lions keep four tight ends on their active roster, this roster move makes little sense for the Lions going forward. The bright side of Egnew is still unknown, and Igwenagu is known for being a blocker. One intriguing possibility is that Igwenagu could line up in the backfield as a run blocking full back. He is expected to take the field against Buffalo on Thursday evening, so we will have to wait and see.
Rumors have started to circulate about the Lions calling around to other league offices for help in the defensive back position. One office, the Cleveland Browns, seems interested in trading Detroit for some defensive line help, and that is a position the Lions do have good depth at.
August 30th is the day fans and media await, players nervously anticipate, hope is dimmed or dreams are made; it’s the day the 32 NFL teams finalize their 53-man roster. The Detroit Lions have cut their roster to the necessary 75 players, but the cuts can’t stop there.
Here is my version of the Detroit Lions roster by Saturday.
Yes, I’m predicting Kellen Moore gets released but it would be a blessing for him with teams still in need of a franchise quarterback. Let him get the chance to excel somewhere like, I don’t know, Oakland or St. Louis?
Running backs: 4
Running back Reggie Bush with an 18-yard reception to the house (Photo Credit: David Richard/AP)
It is going to be close but I think Winn gets the spot over Mikel Leshoure.
Wide Receivers: 6
The most notable and heartbreaking loss will be the release of Corey Ful
If any preseason game actually “matters,” it’s the ones that transpired this past weekend. They were the dress rehearsals for each team, when they let their starters play most of the first half and sometimes into the second. So it provided the best glimpse yet at who is, and who isn’t, ready to go in 2014.
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Some look ready to go, while others have work to do. A few franchises have emerged as legit Super Bowl contenders, while a handful appear destined to be on the clock.
With that in mind, the editors at cover32 gathered to assemble this week’s Power Rankings, rating each NFL team from one to 32. To see the results, CLICK HERE.
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The Detroit Lions, like the rest of the NFL, have until 4 p.m. today to take their roster down to 75 player. Detroit promptly finished its first round of cuts yesterday afternoon.
No major surprises so far, just protocol along the road to reducing the roster to regular-season size. Here’s who Detroit has let go of so far:
Tavecchio attempting a FG in college
Giorgio Tavecchio, K (Cut 8/25) : After missing a 51-yard field goal attempt in Friday’s game against Jacksonville, Tavecchio was cut yesterday. This means that seventh-round pick Nate Freese will be the Lions’ kicker this season. Coach Jim Caldwell called it a “very, very difficult decision.”
Jonte Green, CB (Cut 8/25) : Despite having an interception in the third preseason game, Green wasn’t able to separate himself enough at the crowded cornerback position. He will likely be a practice squad target for the Lions.
Aaron Hester, CB (Cut 8/25) : Another corner who wasn’t able to climb up the crowded depth chart.
Chad Abram, FB (Cut 8/25) : A