LIONS INSIDER

Lions rest several players for preseason finale

Posted Aug 28, 2014

Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff will get a good look at the back half of their roster Thursday night in Buffalo.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff are going to get a good look at the back half of their roster Thursday night in Buffalo.

Matthew StaffordQB Matthew Stafford (Photo: Gavin Smith)
The Lions won’t play a vast majority of their starters in the fourth and final preseason game. That means a player like quarterback Kellen Moore will get a lot of playing time and an opportunity to make a case for inclusion in the 53-man roster, which the Lions have to decide by 4 p.m. Saturday.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, running back Reggie Bush, center Dominic Raiola, guard Rob Sims and tight end Brandon Pettigrew will watch the game in street clothes.

The same goes for the starters on defense.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive end Jason Jones, safeties James Ihedigbo and Don Carey and linebacker Kyle Van Noy won’t play.

Getting the start will be Kevin Ogletree and Kris Durham at receiver.

Garrett Reynolds will start at left guard and Travis Swanson at center.

Joe Fauria is getting the nod in place of Pettigrew at tight end, while Theo Riddick will fill in for Bush at running back.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley will start at defensive tackle and Devin Taylor at defensive end.

Tahir Whitehead is getting his second start at the SAM linebacker spot.

Bill Bentley is starting at cornerback in place of Mathis and Isa Abdul-Quddus at safety for Ihedigbo.

This will give a number of backups an opportunity to make a case for inclusion on the final roster.

Coaches and front office personnel will be able to meet and watch the tape from this game on Friday and make some final determinations for position battles at right tackle, running back, receiver and safety to name a few.

“Well this game is really important to a lot of our guys, (especially) to those that are in tight battles,” Caldwell said. “This is kind of the point of the roster where these games count heavily for the individuals that are playing in the games.”