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Lions’ 53-man roster is set, UDFA Brandon Powell one of six wide receivers to make team

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By Michael Stets

The Lions 53-man roster is now complete.

The team made several moves on Saturday prior to the NFL’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, including trading backup tackle Corey Robinson to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick.

Among the surprises, the Lions kept six wide receivers. Both Brandon Powell and Bradley Marquez survived the final cutdown day. Powell, undrafted out of Florida, played well all preseason and likely cemented his roster spot after his performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he caught six passes and scored on an 80-yard punt return. Marquez earned a roster spot due to his strong play on special teams.

Four tight ends made the final roster, with Hakeem Valles, a practice squad player in 2017, making the team after a very strong preseason. In another surprising move, the team waived DeShawn Shead, who signed with the team this offseason. Also among the cuts were 2016 seventh-round pick Dwayne Washington and 2017 sixth-round pick Jeremiah Ledbetter.

Here is a look at all the roster moves made on Saturday, and a breakdown of the Lions’ 53-man roster by position:


  • In: Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel
  • Waived: Jake Rudock

Running Back:

  • In: LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Nick Bellore
  • Waived: Dwayne Washington
  • Injured: Nick Bawden, Zach Zenner

Wide Receiver:

  • In: Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, TJ Jones, Kenny Golladay, Brandon Powell, Bradley Marquez
  • Waived: Jace Billingsley, Dontez Ford, Andy Jones, Chris Lacy, Brian Brown, Teo Redding

Tight End:

  • In: Luke Wilson, Michael Roberts, Levine Toilolo, Hakeem Valles
  • Waived: Sean McGrath, Marcus Lucas

Offensive Line:

  • In: Taylor Decker, Graham Glasgow, Frank Ragnow, T.J. Lang, Rick Wagner, Tyrell Crosby, Kenny Wiggins, Joe Dahl, Brian Mihalick, Leo Koloamatangi
  • Waived: Wesley Johnson, Dan Skipper, Jamar McGloster, John Montelus, Beau Nunn
  • Traded: Corey Robinson to San Francisco 49ers

Defensive Line: 

  • In: Ziggy Ansah, A’shawn Robinson, Anthony Zettel,  Sylvester Williams, Kerry Hyder, Da’Shawn Hand, Ricky Jean Francois
  • Out: Cam Johnson, Jeremiah Ledbetter, Alex Barrett, Josh Fatu, Christian Ringo, Toby Johnson, Jeremiah Valoaga

Defensive Backs: 

  • In: Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson, Quandre Diggs, Teez Tabor, Jamal Agnew, Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson, Tracy Walker, Charles Washington
  • Waived: DeShawn Shead, Mike Ford, Chris Jones, Rolan Milligan, Josh Okonye, Dexter McDougle, Sterling Moore


  • In: Jarrad Davis, Devon Kennard, Christian Jones, Trevor Bates, Miles Killebrew, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Eli Harold
  • Waived: Jonathan Freeny, Darnell Sankey, Chad Meredith, Freddie Bishop

Special Teams: 

  • In: Matt Prater, Don Muhlbach, Sam Martin
  • Out: Ryan Santoso


  • RB Zach Zenner


  • WR Andy Jones