Detroit Lions — Five low-profile players who have shot at final roster
- Michael Williams made the move from tight end to tackle before the 2014 season. He didn’t get any game time at the position but impressed in practice. Coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator have praised him up and down. In minicamp he got some reps with the starters at right tackle with LaAdrian Waddle and Cornelius Lucas out with injuries.
- George Winn seems to just make plays. The running back had a solid camp a year ago. Unfortunately he lost two fumbles in preseason games so he was named to practice squad to start the season. He was elevated to the 53-man roster although mostly played on special teams. He’s a bulldog, could be good on short-yardage plays.
- Zach Zenner ran for more than 2,000 yards in each of his last three seasons at South Dakota State and amazingly didn’t get drafted. He’s got a motor and was noticeable throughout minicamp and OTAs. He could be in a battle for the final running back roster spot with Winn. He also could be put on the practice squad to get a little seasoning.
- Larry Webster seems to be a favorite of Caldwell’s and, of course, that’s a good thing. He’s really worked on adding muscle and yet has maintained his speed off the edge. The 6-foot-7 young defensive end (who is versatile to move inside in some packages) was a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of Bloomsburg. His dad, Larry Webster Jr., was an NFL defensive tackle. While Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones will likely start on the outside, he should be in the rotation on Sundays.
- Josh Wilson, a veteran cornerback, was quietly signed as a free agent. He is in the mix to start in the slot on the nickel package along with rookie Quandre Diggs. He has eight years of NFL experience and played in all 16 games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2014 with four starts. He has good durability — he also played in 16 games a season for the Washington Redskins for three seasons (2011-2013).