Detroit Lions initial 53-man roster: Here’s who made the team

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions on Tuesday afternoon trimmed the roster to 53 players to meet the NFL requirements entering the 2022 regular season, which begins next week.

Let’s take a look at the team’s position groups and depth chart to see who made the initial roster, with the caveat more transactions can be made. We will update if changes occur. (The Lions on Wednesday morning cut backup QB David Blough to make room for QB Nate Sudfeld.)

The Lions begin the season Sunday, Sept. 11 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field (1 p.m., Fox), where they are 3.5-point home underdogs.

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Quarterback (2)

Starter: Jared Goff

Backup: Nate Sudfeld

Running back (4)

Starter: D’Andre Swift

Backups: Jamaal Williams, Craig Reynolds, Jermar Jefferson

Wide receiver (5)

Starters: DJ Chark, Josh Reynolds, Amon-Ra St. Brown

Backups: Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond

Tight end (4)

Starter: T.J. Hockenson

Backups: Brock Wright, Shane Zylstra, James Mitchell

Offensive line (9)

Starters: Taylor Decker, Jonah Jackson, Frank Ragnow, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Penei Sewell

Backups: Logan Stenberg, Evan Brown, Tommy Kraemer, Matt Nelson

Defensive line (10)

Starters: Aidan Hutchinson, Michael Brockers, Alim McNeill, Charles Harris

Backups: Julian Okwara, Levi Onwuzurike, Isaiah Buggs, Austin Bryant, Demetrius Taylor, John Cominsky

Linebacker (5)

Starters: Chris Board, Alex Anzalone

Backups: Josh Woods, Derrick Barnes, Malcolm Rodriguez

Cornerback (6)

Starters: Amani Oruwariye, Jeff Okudah, Mike Hughes

Backups: Will Harris, Bobby Price, Chase Lucas

Safety (5)

Starters: Tracy Walker III, DeShon Elliott

Backups: Kerby Joseph, JuJu Hughes, Ifeatu Melifonwu

Specialists (3)

Kicker: Austin Seibert

Punter: Jack Fox

Long snapper: Scott Daly

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Physically Unable to Perform

Jason Cabinda, FB

Romeo Okwara, DL

Jerry Jacobs, CB

Josh Paschal, DL

Nonfootball injury

Jameson Williams, WR

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