Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 11/10/14
With training camp and the preseason now complete for the Detroit Lions, we’re analyzing the decisions made as the team finalized their 53 man roster Saturday evening with a series of cuts. Final Training Camp Toss-up: The Lions paired down their roster to 53 on Saturday, with the biggest name releases being Amari Spievey, Chris Greenwood, Corey Fuller and Matt Willis. Any issues with the final cuts? Secondly, do you believe the team will make a move (trade or otherwise) to land a starting caliber wide receiver prior to opening day next weekend? Chris Burke: My only issue is at wide receiver. I’m sure the Lions have a reason for keeping Kris Durham over Matt Willis (better chemistry with Matthew Stafford?), but that has not played out on the field in the preseason. Willis was dangerous in the passing game and made some terrific catches, while Durham was relatively nonexistent. The rest, I’m fine with, although Greenwood’s another swing and miss in the draft. Martin Mayhew came in guns blazing with his draft picks, but it seems like there have been more and more miscues in the past couple drafts. At wide receiver, I don’t think they’ll trade for anyone, so it depends on if they see anything of interest on the waiver wire. (At first glance, I don’t really see it but they might have a different opinion). Some of it may come down to how healthy Ryan Broyles is heading into the year. One other thing to note: I think Joe Fauria made the team because the Lions plan to go to a lot of two and maybe even three tight end looks. That could help negate the lack of depth at WR. Max DeMara: I’m going to have to agree on Matt Willis. He had the much more impressive, complete body of work from camp through the preseason. I don’t know how he didn’t make the roster, especially over Kris Durham, who didn’t make a noticeable impact at all. Given Michael Spurlock’s ability to play on special teams, his inclusion was certainly justifiable. Durham, though, looks to only be on the team due to his size and relationship with Stafford. The staff seems to have chosen that over hunger and playmaking ability. The loss of Greenwood is tough, but equally frustrating is the fact that Amari Spievey never properly developed. That’s two defensive back draft picks from the last four drafts that have been cast away. With regard to wideouts, the Lions should do something, or else they’ll be in a situation where Patrick Edwards could become their number two or number three receiver. That was the trouble with Fuller being the only meaningful offseason addition at the position. As his inconsisent preseason has shown, Edwards is not quite up to the level of a top three wideout. There isn’t much out there on the waiver wire that is either, but signing a veteran stopgap like Robert Meacham or Brandon Lloyd could help buy the team time until the trade deadline. If Detroit feels they’re one receiver away, they could make a bigger move then.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Belichick mum on Deflategate in first remarks since discipline

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Bucs veterans missing Jameis while he's at rookie symposium

Bulls GM: No teams asked to talk with Tom Thibodeau

Aaron Rodgers could take on more play-calling duties


Urban Meyer says Braxton Miller will return to Ohio State

DeMaurice Smith: NFL teams are blackballing Ray Rice

Bowl games have no place in the College Football Playoff

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is a quarterback

Report: Several Bulls players threatened to boycott Thibodeau

Eagles players don't share McCoy's views on Chip Kelly

On satellite camps and the SEC crying over its self-protections

Four NFL quarterbacks set to take a step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Tigers' pitching woes make Scherzer loss more lamentable

Byron Maxwell guarantees Eagles play in Super Bowl 50

Australian paper runs "Bernie chokes on Kokk' as headline

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Odell Beckham Jr: Double teams on me won't work

For LeBron James, it's about more than the ring

Is Sam Bradford not close to full health?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dwight Howard suspended for first game of 2015-16 season

Four QBs set to take step back in 2015

Spelling Bee co-champ wears LeBron jersey under shirt

Top 10 stories from 2015 NBA Playoffs

Rangers-Lightning Game 7 preview

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Chip Kelly: Tebow is a quarterback

For LeBron, it's about more than the ring

Is Sam Bradford not close to full health?

Are Dwyane Wade and the Heat headed for a split?

Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

JJ Watt doesn't care for chance to be on 'Hard Knocks'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.