After the Lions’ second preseason game — a 27-26 loss to the Oakland Raiders late Friday night — one thing has become clear, this team is going to have some tough decisions to make for at least three positions.
It’s a good problem to have, but they have to make the right decisions.
Three positions where it’s going to be tough for Lions’ coaches and management to make the final cuts for the 53-man roster:
1. Wide receiver — Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross (return specialist) are locks. That likely leaves two openings. The top candidates are Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham, Kevin Ogletree and Corey Fuller. That is going to be tough. These guys have to flash in the next two preseason games. Can’t imagine they’ll keep more than five with tight end Eric Ebron available.
2. Running backs — Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are 1A and 1B. They’ll also keep a fullback probably either Montell Owens or Jed Collins, maybe both. Where does that leave Mikel Leshoure, George Winn and Theo Riddick? Again, tough decisions. Not sure how many they will keep, last year it was five. Winn (in photo) is sneaking up the depth chart and had a second good game on Friday night.
3. Kicker — This is a huge decision. Giorgio Tavecchio and rookie Nate Freese have had a tight race. Again, the next two preseason games will be key. Freese won’t necessarily have an edge because he’s a draft pick (seventh-round). Both are 24 and arrived in Detroit by varying routes. Freese helped his cause with a 55-yard field goal at Oakland on Friday night. Tavecchio nailed a 25-yarder late in the game.