5 Veterans Who Won't Make the Detroit Lions' 53-Man Roster

5 Veterans Who Won't Make the Detroit Lions' Roster in 2014

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As of today, there are currently 90 Lions on their roster. That number must be cut down to 53 by the start of the 2014 season. Many of the final 53 are obvious picks. Even a casual fan can rattle off at least 20 players who are guaranteed to make the roster, but its trying to figure out who won't make the roster that is the true challenge. Here now are five veterans who won't make the active 53-man roster to begin the 2014 season.

5. QB Kellen Moore

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5. QB Kellen Moore

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Third-year pro Kellen Moore has been the third quarterback since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State. He has shown some promise, yet he's a limited player. With head coach Jim Caldwell not prone to keeping three quarterbacks on the roster, Moore will be the odd-man out. Moore won't beat out Dan Orlovsky as the backup to Matthew Stafford and UDFA James Franklin has a better chance to make the practice squad than Moore.

4. OT Michael Williams

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4. OT Michael Williams

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A seventh-rounder in the 2013 NFL Draft, Michael Williams was drafted to be a tight end for the Lions. However, with the team already stacked at the position with Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria, Williams has a better chance of making the roster as an extra offensive tackle. Williams was a blocking specialist going into the pros, but he will be headed to the practice squad this season to learn how to be an offensive lineman.

3. CB Bill Bentley

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3. CB Bill Bentley

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This is easily the most difficult position to project on the depth chart. There are at least 10 current players who have legitimate chances to make the team. With so many to choose from, some will get cut; one who will is veteran Bill Bentley. He had a horrible 2013 campaign, and with players like Jonte Green and rookie Nevin Lawson starting to emerge, Bentley will be going to either the practice squad or another team.

2. RB Mikel Leshoure

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2. RB Mikel Leshoure

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Mikel Leshoure is the wild card here at running back. Before Reggie Bush and Joique Bell emerged for the Lions, Leshoure, a former second-round pick, was the feature back in Detroit. In 2013, however, he only had two carries the entire season and was inactive more often than not. Leshoure also hasn't played special teams, which will hurt his chances. At worst, Leshoure will be on the practice squad if the Lions can't trade him for equal value.

1. WR Kris Durham

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1. WR Kris Durham

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The wide receiver position is one of the deepest on the roster, but not all of the positions are filled. With Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate as the top two receivers, everything else is up for grabs. From players like Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, Kevin Ogletree, T.J. Jones and Kris Durham, I will say that Durham won't make the cut. Durham failed to produce in 2013 and being Stafford's college roommate at Georgia can only go so far in the NFL.