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5 Detroit Lions Who Need to Have a Great Training Camp

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5 Lions Who Need To Have a Great Training Camp

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For NFL players, training camp is a stressful time. Having survived the first round of cuts during the free agency period, these players once again have to prove their worth to their respective teams. The Lions, like every other team, will have to cut a lot of players, even veterans, to get down to the 53-man roster before the regular season begins. Here now are five players who have to have a great training camp in order to stay in Detroit.

5. C.J. Mosley, DT

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5. C.J. Mosley, DT

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Mosley, a journeyman defensive tackle, is approaching his 10th NFL season and is playing for his fifth different team. With young players like Andre Fluellen and rookie Caraun Reid at defensive tackle, Mosley would likely be the odd man out if the Lions were to go to just four defensive tackles.

4. Ashlee Palmer, OLB

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4. Ashlee Palmer, OLB

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After starting for most of last season, Palmer isn't even guaranteed to have a roster spot this season. Palmer played just 367 snaps last year, according to Pro Football Focus, and is likely to be replace by second-round pick Kyle Van Noy.

3. Mikel Leshoure, RB

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3. Mikel Leshoure, RB

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Just two years ago, Leshoure was the featured back, getting 215 carries and rushing for nine touchdowns. Last season, he rarely played. With Reggie Bush and Joique Bell cemented as the top two backs and Theo Riddick having a breakout camp, Leshoure has to step it up or else he will continue to be buried on the depth chart.

2. Rob Sims, LG

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2. Rob Sims, LG

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Sims seems poised to return as a starter this season, but nothing this offseason has suggested that this scenario will happen. Sims has spent most of the offseason recovering from an undisclosed surgery. With promising backup Rodney Austin already in the fold and third-round pick Travis Swanson taking some snaps at guard, Sims has reason to worry right now.

1. Kris Durham, WR

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1. Kris Durham, WR

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After spending most of 2013 as the No. 2 receiver, Durham isn't even guaranteed to make the opening day roster. Durham has been limited as a receiving weapon because of his inability to hold on to the ball. Durham has been getting away with being Matthew Stafford's college roommate the past two seasons, but that only goes so far.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and connect with him on Google.