With the NFL regular season waiting for us just beyond the horizon, so close, and yet, so far, and with the final preseason game coming up on Thursday, the roster cutdowns in the NFL are beginning in earnest. The Lions had to be down to 75 guys on Tuesday, and so a few more players have been cut to comply.
The player that stuck out to me most of the cuts was Ronnell Lewis. A former fourth-round pick, there was talk he could be a piece of the defensive end rotation. Now, not so much. The Lions only have five defensive ends on their roster now, which is marginally surprising. Maybe they will add one once the major cuts, the ones that get the roster down to 52, happens.
Detroit cut their two insignificant tight ends, a few wide receivers, most notably Mike Thomas and Chaz Schilens, and a few cornerbacks led by DeQuan Menzie. Also, the Lions cut Havard Rugland, which is zero percent surprising considering that David Akers showed he still has an NFL quality leg. "Kickalicious" was a nice fad, but, like all fads, it had to pass. You don't carry two kickers. Sure, Akers probably can't perform kickoffs, but that is what Sam Martin is for. That, and punting, and being a luxury for a fifth-round pick.
So, there aren't really any surprises thus far, but, of course, over 20 more cuts need to happen. I will be interested in seeing what happens. I mean, they have a punter to cut, a couple running backs, a few defensive tackles, a couple linebackers, and maybe a safety or two. A guard and a tackle will go, and probably another wide receiver. That will only get them so far, however. In the end, Detroit will get down to 52 players. Every team does. Even when it means saying goodbye to kickers with cult followings.