On Saturday, as we watched college football, NFL teams were cutting players left and right to get down to a 53-man roster, as is mandated for the start of the regular season. You are likely aware this was happening because Tim Tebow being cut by the Patriots was reported with a ton of fervor, and a bit of weeping and gnashing of teeth, even though better players, and better quarterbacks, got cut Saturday. Like Brady Quinn. This is not a joke. However, this isn't about Tebow or anybody who wasn't cut by the Lions, who have made their moves to get their roster down to size.
For starters, a couple of players were placed in injured reserve. Tight end Michael Williams is out for the year, while running back Montel Owens will be placed on short-term reserve which, I believe, will open up a spot for somebody else to be added to the team. That is an important thing to mention. Detroit's roster right now may not be their roster when the season begins. If a player that was cut tickles the Lions' fancy, they can sign them and cut one of their players. However, some players were already cut, and here are a few that were notable to me.
Amari Spievey was a third-round pick just a few years ago, and got a lot of playing time for the Lions. He was even re-signed earlier this offseason. However, I guess that once they brought Louis Delmas back, and signed Glover Quin, they figured he was expendable. Chris Greenwood, who never really got a chance to play, was also cut. So was cornerback Ron Bartell. The Lions only have five cornerbacks on the roster right now, and four safeties. They may end up amending that.
Corey Fuller, a player drafted this year, was cut. So was Matt Willis, who had a good preseason, but with Ryan Broyles and Nate Burelson healthy, Detroit's wide receivers are OK. Fourth preseason game hero Steven Miller was let go. As was Andre Fluellen, once again cut by the Lions. Other obvious players went, like the backup punter and the fullback. Yeah, the Lions aren't using a fullback in their offense.
When I look at Detroit's roster, I feel like they are short on depth at every position. I suppose that is the nature of things in the NFL. They have a couple tight ends that are pure pass catchers. They only have four offensive tackles, and two of them have to start, and I am only cool with one of them starting. I am worried about the defensive tackle rotation. However, as previously stated, maybe more moves will be made. If not, this roster still looks pretty good to me. Hopefully it all works out for the Lions.