Too early Detroit Lions roster prediction: Who’s on the bubble?

The Detroit Lions have as good a top-to-bottom roster as they’ve had since Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell took over two years ago. That makes projecting their 53-man roster even more difficult than usual.

It’s mid-June, training camp doesn’t open for another month, and roster spots aren’t decided until late August, but it’s a drill I go through every summer after organized team activities and mandatory minicamp just to take stock of where things stand strengths and weaknesses in the Lions’ roster.

Here’s my premature (and sure to change) initial 53-man roster prediction.

Lions quarterback Jared Goff goes through passing drills during minicamp Thursday, June 8, 2023, in Allen Park.

Quarterback (2)

On the roster: Jared Goff, Nate Sudfeld, Hendon Hooker, Adrian Martinez

If Hooker were healthy, the Lions would be a good bet to keep three quarterbacks, but the third-round pick is expected to open training camp on the non-football injury list and likely won’t be ready until September. With Hooker likely in line for a midseason return, the Lions can go easy on the QB, keep Martinez on the practice squad and bolster their depth elsewhere.

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