With the first preseason game two days away, the Detroit Lions have released the first unofficial depth chart for their home opener against the Cleveland Browns. Although a lot can change between now and the official 2014 roster, there are some obvious winners and losers being exposed after the first two weeks of training camp.
1. Darius Slay: #2 Cornerback
With the cornerback position threatening to be a weak link for the Lions this year, second year man Darius Slay has proven himself as the favorite. Throughout camp, Slay has shown no signs of struggle. He was recently praised by former Lion and Pro Bowl cornerback Dre Bly as being next in line for a Lions cornerback Pro Bowl appearance. Expectations are high to say the least.
2. Kevin Olgetree: #3 Wide Receiver
If you aren’t first or second, I’m assuming you don’t want to be competing with nine other players for the third wide receiver roster spot. Throughout training camp, Ogletree has nearly solidified the position and the depth chart confirms it. With Kris Durham surprisingly listed at number four, Ogletree seems to have created a large gap between himself and the rest of the field.
3. Mikel Leshoure: #3 Running back
With running back positions one and two solidified by Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, Mikel Leshoure listed at number three proves to be a huge win for the running back out of Illinois. Last week I ranked Theo Riddick a winner in training camp while being a favorite for the position this season. This competition was closer than we thought but I still wouldn’t expect Leshoure to outshine Riddick on Saturday.
1.Chris Greenwood: #7 Cornerback
Before camp started, Chris Greenwood was listed alongside Jonte Green as a possible candidate for a backup position. There are about seven players vying for the position behind Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, but Chris Greenwood has been almost radio silent. His slip down the depth chart could mean trouble if he is unable to make a turnaround within the next few weeks.
2. Caraun Reid: #5 Defensive Tackle
Reid was a fifth round draft pick in this year’s draft, a surprise to many fans who found his play at Princeton to dictate a higher draft stock. Well, we can’t be surprised the coaches knew more than we did during the draft. Reid has been simply ineffective in generating much movement off the line. He has potential for improvement but at this point it’s an uphill battle.
3. Jon Baldwin: Wide Receiver
I could probably add Andrew Peacock and Quintin Payton to the wide receiver list of players unlikely to make the cut. However, one must feel bad for Jon Baldwin. After being picked up by the Lions earlier this week, Baldwin failed his physical and was waived by the Lions yesterday. The wide receiver saw hope after getting picked up so soon after his release from the 49ers, but never got a chance to step onto the field with the team. Not even being listed on the depth chart definitely warrants Baldwin a loser in this year’s training camp.
The Detroit Lions first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns will be held this Saturday, August 9th at Ford Field 7:30 ET.