Thursday open thread: Which Lions players will impress vs. Browns?
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It’s last call for Detroit Lions players. Thursday night will be the last chance for several Lions player to showcase their talent before the men upstairs decide their fate for the 2018 season. In less than 45 hours after kickoff Youth Darius Slay Jr Jersey , the team will have to cut down from its current number of 87 players to just 53. That means 34 players will lose their job before Saturday night. That’s a rough time for everyone involved.But to avoid landing on the wrong side of the chopping block, Lions players will be giving it their all on Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. We’ve already identified five+ players with the most on the line in the game, but who will rise to the occasion? Today’s Question of the Day is:Which Lions players will make the best impression on Thursday night?My answer: Let’s go with my typical one on offense, one on defense.Offensively, I think Thursday will be a big night for short-yardage receivers. With Matthew Stafford expect to sit for the entire game, expect a lot of checkdowns and quick passes from Matt Cassel and Jake Rudock. So the biggest beneficiary, in my opinion, will be a guy like Jace Billingsley. Considering he’s well off the roster bubble right now Womens Michael Roberts Jersey , he should be getting a lot of playing time against the Browns, and I think he’ll showcase his talent enough to get a shot somewhere else, if not on their normal roster than on their practice squad. Defensively, there are a lot of players that could use a good performance, and it’s basically a complete guess as to who will rise to the occasion. But since it’s such a fierce competition at linebacker, keep an eye out for Trevor Bates. Having spent some time already with the Patriots, Matt Patricia clearly likes something about him. Bates bring special teams skills, which could theoretically help compensate for the loss of Steve Longa this preseason Youth Marvin Jones Jr Jersey , but he has yet to prove much as a linebacker. Thus far, the Lions have actually given him a fair amount of playing time—at least 17 defensive snaps each preseason game—but there’s a chance he could get even more with the starters presumably out on Thursday. We’ll see if he takes advantage.Your turn.Tweets from https://twitter.com/PrideOfDetroit/lists...overageSaturday open thread: Who’s your dark horse pick to make the Detroit Lions roster? The Detroit Lions got over a third of their roster cuts out of the way on Friday, parting ways with 12 different players while placing another on injured reserve.But that was the easy part. Saturday is where the Lions are going to have to make some tough choices, like whether to keep Brandon Powell on as a fifth receiver, or deciding how many tight ends to keep on the roster, or figuring out the mess of a situation at offensive line depth. This has been one of the harder seasons to predict the Lions’ final roster, and there’s bound to be a surprise or two left in Bob Quinn’s arsenal. So today’s Question of the Day is:Who is a surprise player you think may end up making the roster?(If you need a reminder of who is still on the roster, check out our Lions cut tracker)My answer: Linebacker Trevor Bates.I was the only one who included Bates as an IN in our final Bubble Watch Womens Taylor Decker Jersey , and I still stand by it.Granted, Bates played a ton in the preseason finale, which is usually not a great sign for a player trying to make the team, but the same can be said for Jonathan Freeny—a presumed roster spot holder—who played even more than Bates on Thursday. The Lions are going to keep a fair amount of linebackers on this roster, probably more than many expected. Bates brings prior knowledge to Matt Patricia’s system, having played in New England for over a year. He also has been playing a lot of special teams this preseason. Those are two huge factors that could push him onto the roster as one of the last players in. Your turn.Tweets from https://twitter.com/PrideOfDetroit/lists/lions-coverage