2022 Detroit Lions Updated Depth Chart: Training Camp Brawl Edition

The Detroit Lions You have Nine days training camp in booksAnd, as usual, they have big plans for their tenth practice: a brawl at Ford Field for the organization’s Family Festival.

So far during the early days of camp, things have gone nearer than expected, but there were a few surprises as the players climbed up and, in our opinion, climbed the depth chart.

If you’ve followed the extensive weekly depth charts throughout the season, you’ll notice a familiar pattern on this piece. Below, we’ve organized the list by position, ranked the players (by numbers for easy tracking during melee), and gave a quick overview of the starting lineups at the end.

So if you’re heading to Family Fest on Saturday and want something to help you get to know the guys quickly or you’re just curious about where the roster is after bootcamp workouts, we’ve got you covered.

Note: Predicted players will appear in bold, infected players will appear in italics, and starters will have an * after their name.

Quarterback (3)

  • Jared Goff (16)
  • Tim Boyle (12)
  • David Plouffe (10)

The Lions have been rotating backups all over camp, and it’s technically Blow’s turn in rotation, so he might actually open the ruckus with the second team but for rating purposes I still think Boyle is a bit ahead based on his bootcamp performance.

Running backwards (6 + 1 injured)

  • Dandery Swift (32)
  • Jamal Williams (30)
  • Craig Reynolds (46)
  • Godwin Egweboike (35)
  • Germar Jefferson (28)
  • Justin Jackson (42) – Signed this week
  • Jason Cabinda (45), FB – PUP . List

Wide receiver (9 + 2)

With Cephus injured, the Lions switched Kennedy to the second “X” team and kept Raymond in the slot.

tight end (8)

  • T.J. Hawkinson (88)
  • Brooke Wright (89)
  • Garrett Griffin (86)
  • Shane Zylstra (84)
  • James Mitchell * (82)
  • Devin Finch (13)
  • Derek Daisy Jr * (48)
  • Nolan Jeevan* (43)

Expected starting line (14 + 1)

First team

  • LT – Taylor Decker (68)
  • LG – Jonah Jackson (73)
  • C – Frank Ragno (77)
  • RG-Halabolivate Phytay (72)
  • RT – Penny Sewell (58)

second team

  • LT – Obinna Eze * (65) – Watch the time at both entry points
  • LG – Tommy Kraemer (78) – shots taken in all three indoor spaces
  • C – Evan Brown (63)
  • RG – Logan Stenberg (71) – shifted from left to right this season
  • RT – Matt Nelson (67)

Third team

  • LT – Dan Skipper (70) – recovering from illness
  • LG – Zain Obaid * (76)
  • C – Ryan McCollum (74) – injured
  • RG – Kevin Jarvis* (75) – Takes reps at both guard points and right tackle
  • RT – Darren Paulo (66) – He played the two tackle points in the second and third teams

The second and third lines saw some movement in camp, sometimes due to injury, sometimes due to cross players in different positions.

Indoor defensive line (6 + 1)

  • DL – Michael Brokers (91)
  • NT – Alem McNeill (54)
  • DL – Jason Cornell (96)
  • NT – Isaiah Bages (98)
  • DL – Bruce Hector (92)
  • DL – Demetrius Taylor * (62)
  • DL – Levi Onwuzurike (75) – Injured

Lions will use players from this group in basic groups and sometimes they will clash up to three in large groups.

Edge Rushers (7 + 2)

  • Big DE— Aidan Hutchinson * (97)
  • Rush D – Charles Harris (53)
  • Sam – Julian Okwara (99)
  • Big DE – Austin Bryant (2)
  • Big D – John Kominsky (79)
  • Sam – James Houston * (59)
  • Big DE – Eric Banks (94)
  • Rush D – Romeo Okwara (95) – PUP . List
  • Big DE – Josh Paschal * (93) – PUP . List

As in IDL, lions will use two players from this group at the base, but will often add a third player depending on the situation. It should also be noted that Julian Okwara missed training on Friday and it is not clear if he is dealing with an injury.

full back outside the ball (8)

  • Alex Anzalon (34)
  • Chris Board (49) or Derek Barnes (55)
  • Malcolm Rodriguez * (44)
  • Anthony Bateman (57)
  • Sean Dion Hamilton (50)
  • Jared Davis (40)
  • Josh Woods (51)

This is the most challenging group for the project because they were rotating the top three through the starting positions and pretty much everyone through the second and third teams. As of Friday, that’s our closest guess as to where this group will be seated.

Back Corner (8 + 1)

  • Amani Aurora (24)
  • Jeff Okuda (1) or Will Harris (25)
  • Mike Hughes (23)
  • Bobby Price (27)
  • Mark Gilbert (29)
  • Sivion Smith (19)
  • Cedric Boswell* (35)
  • Jerry Jacobs (39) – PUP . List

As in linebackers, the Lions have three players vying for two positions and then the rest of the group vying for fourth in the rotation.

Nickel Pack (2)

  • A.J. Parker (41)
  • Chase Lucas (36)

Mike Hughes also spins with the Nickelback group.

Safety (7)

  • Tracy Walker (21)
  • Deshaun Elliott (5)
  • Ifeatu Melifonwu (26) – Switched from corner to safety this season
  • Kirby Joseph * (31)
  • CJ Moore (38) – Re-acclimatization afterwards They are removed from non-food items
  • Jojo Hughes (33)
  • Brady Breeze (15)

This group rolled their reserves a bit, and while you might see a player like JuJu Hughes with the second team during the melee, he’s likely to fall back on Moore (who was only removed from the NFO list on Friday) into the deep table. Don’t expect to see Moore in any team practice during the fight.

kicking team (4)

  • B Jack Fox (3)
  • LS – Scott Daly (47)
  • K – Austin Seibert (19) or Riley Patterson (6)

The kicker fight is wide open.

kickbacks / punt

  • Back to Punting – Calif Raymond (11)
  • PR Reserve: Kalil Pimpleton (83), Amon-Ra St. Brown (14), Maurice Alexander (15)
  • Back kick – Godwin Igwebuike (35)
  • KR Reserve – Trinity Benson (17), Josh Johnson (80)

Kick-off coverage specialists

  • Holder – Jack Fox (3)
  • Gunner – Ifeatu Melifonwu (26), Bobby Price (27), Trinity Benson (17), AJ Parker (41)
  • Personal Protective (PP) – CJ Moore (38), Tracy Walker (21)

Projected depth chart at a glance

If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a quick look at what’s been discussed above:

Cheat sheet in melee menu

This cheat sheet is separated by position and listed in numerical order, memorizing the offensive line, which is grouped by unit. Erik uses this style of roster sheet to keep track of players during camp: