2020 lions roster offense

Lions roster cut to 53: Offensive edition

  • 2020 NFL Season
  • beau benzschawel
  • chris lacy
  • David Blough
  • Detroit Lions
  • isaac nauta
  • jason huntley
  • jonathan williams
  • kenny wiggins
  • matt sokol
  • NFL
  • oday aboushi
  • tom kennedy
  • victor bolden
  • wes hills
By RussellJakubowski September 7, 2020 0 Comment
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It’s one of the most painful days in all sports, the infamous Cut Day. The Lions released 25 players and trimmed their squad to 53. Many of these players will return to the expanded 16-player practice squad, and some of them will not see an NFL roster again. The Lions made hard decisions, and it is time to review who didn’t make the Lions roster.

Quarterback

David Blough, who started five games for the Detroit Lions, was surprisingly released. Blough was having a successful camp and seemed to have a shot on the active roster. Instead, the Lions opted to cut the year two quarterback and run with only two quarterbacks. The  young signal caller is a prime candidate to return on the practice squad, if he doesn’t get claimed on waivers.

Running backs

First of all, the most notable running back released was Jonathan Williams. Williams rushed for consecutive 100-yard games with the Colts last season when he was filling in for injured starters. 2020 5th-round pick Jason Huntley was cut after just being selected in April. Huntley is an undersized back who has a knack for speed and explosive plays. Huntley is a near-lock to sign on the practice squad if he clears waivers. The last running back cut was Wes Hills; Hills played for the Lions last season. Hills rushed for two touchdowns last season but also had 2.1 yards per carry. Williams and Huntley are both on the Lions radar to return on the practice squad.

Wide receivers

Chris Lacy is notable with Lions fans due to how frequently he is added and removed on the roster. Lacy played for Oklahoma State in 2018 and went undrafted, since then he has been with the Lions. Victor Bolden was cut and has been passed around the league since. Unfortunately, Bolden’s most notable moment comes from a 4-game PED suspension in 2018. Tom Kennedy, the last receiver they cut in 2019, has been through this before. Kennedy was cut and added to the practice squad after the initial releases. All three of these receivers will most likely end up on the practice squad.

Tight Ends

Isaac Nauta was a former top-ten high school recruit and is now a practice squad tight end. Nauta didn’t produce well at Georgia and was a seventh-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2019. Nauta couldn’t beat out 2020 undrafted free agent Hunter Bryant for the TE3 role. Matt Sokol, a former Michigan State Spartan was the other tight end cut who got released. Matt Sokol doesn’t provide anything to the offense and was brought around as a local body. Nauta should be on the Lions practice squad if he passes waivers.

Offensive lineman

Former Super Bowl Champion Dan Skipper was released by the Lions. Skipper is a whooping 6 feet,10 inches tall and a former New England Patriot. Also, Skipper was a college teammate to Lions starting center Frank Ragnow. Kenny Wiggins, who has started 13 games for the Lions in the past two seasons, was also released. Kenny Wiggins is perfect for the practice squad. Beau Benzschawel shocked many analysts after going undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed as an undrafted free agent after the draft and has been with the Lions until now. Benzschawel never caught fire underneath himself, and that ultimately lead to his release. Lastly, the Detroit Lions released veteran Oday Aboushi. Aboushi has been in the league since 2013 and has been in six different locker rooms. All four of these linemen deserve a practice squad spot on the Lions’ roster.


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