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Detroit Lions: 5 Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

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Detroit Lions: Players Climbing the Depth Chart During OTAs

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The Lions have a starting lineup on both sides of the ball that can keep pace with anyone. However, when one guy went down, got tired or was ineffective last season, the Lions lacked the depth that was necessary to maintain their solid first-half start. Do the Lions now have those quality players on the roster? It's too early to make any declarations, but the following five guys are rocketing up the depth chart and providing serious hope.

5. QB Kellen Moore

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5. QB Kellen Moore

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While it highly unlikely that Detroit will keep all four of their current quarterbacks on the active roster, Kellen Moore is listed as the backup to Matthew Stafford, according to Ourlads. After being the third quarterback behind Shaun Hill for the past two seasons, Moore, for now, is the next man up. Things can change, however, as free agent Dan Orlovsky and undrafted free agent James Franklin are close behind.

4. CB Bill Bentley

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4. CB Bill Bentley

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With the release of Chris Houston yesterday, Detroit's cornerbacks all move up on the depth chart, and the players who made the biggest jump is Bill Bentley. Despite his struggles last season, Bentley is slated to be the nickel corner with the potential to start. With Darius Slay locking up one starting position, the competition is now between Bentley, Rashean Mathis and rookie Nevin Lawson as the other starter.

3. DE Devin Taylor

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3. DE Devin Taylor

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The offseason defection of Willie Young left one of the defensive end starting positions up for grabs. The consensus was that Jason Jones would get his job back after recovering from his Week 3 knee injury. Now, he'll need to hold off second-year defensive end Devin Taylor. In his limited 308 snaps, he racked up two sacks and 15 hurries. With another year of tutelage from defensive line coach Jim Washburn, Taylor seems to be progressing.

2. RB Theo Riddick

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2. RB Theo Riddick

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Reggie Bush and Joique Bell both spent some time battling injuries last year. Bush missed two games, and Bell is still recovering from knee tendinitis that plagued him last season. Throughout the OTAs and minicamps, Theo Riddick has looked like a capable third option behind Bell and Bush. If he can step in if Bush, Bell or both get hurt, the Lions will have a backfield similar to that of New Orleans the past few years.

1. CB Darius Slay

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1. CB Darius Slay

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After being mentored by Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson this offseason, second-year player Darius Slay looks to not only bounce back from his disappointing season last year, but to become the team's No. 1 corner. With Houston's release, Slay is in prime position to become the top cover corner for the Lions.