2022 Detroit Lions updated depth chart: Training camp scrimmage edition

The Detroit Lions have nine days of training camp on the books and, as usual, they have big plans for their tenth training: a scrimmage at Ford Field for the organization’s Family Fest.

So far, the early days of camp have been close to what was expected, but there have been a few surprises with players ramping up and moving up the depth chart in our opinion.

If you’ve been following our weekly extended depth charts throughout the season, you’ll notice a familiar pattern in this piece. Below we’ve sorted the roster by position, ranked the players (with numbers for easy tracking during the scrimmage), and provided a brief overview of the basic formations at the end.

So, if you’re going to Family Fest on Saturday and want something to help you quickly identify players or if you’re just curious where the roster is after the training camp sessions, we’ve got you covered.

Note: Projected starters are shown in bold, injured players are in italics and rookies have an * after their names.

quarterback (3)

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

The Lions have been running backups throughout the camp and it’s technically Blough’s turn in the rotation so he may be able to open scrimmage with the second team but for ranking purposes I still believe Boyle is slightly ahead based on of the performance of the training camp.

Walk back (6 + 1 injured)

  • D’Andre Swift (32)
  • Jamal Williams (30)
  • Craig Reynolds (46)
  • Godwin Igwebuike (35)
  • Jerry Jefferson (28)
  • Justin Jackson (42) — signed this week
  • Jason Cabinda (45), FB — PUP List

Wide receiver (9 + 2)

  • DJ Char (4)
  • Josh Reynolds (8)
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown (14)
  • Caliph Raymond (11)
  • Trinity Benson (17)
  • Tom Kennedy (85)
  • Kalil Pimpleton* (83)
  • Josh Johnson* (80)
  • Maurice Alexander (15) — signed this week
  • Jameson Williams* (18) — NFI list
  • Quintez Cephus (87) – injured, optimistic he won’t miss much time

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

Tight end (8)

  • T.J. Hockenson (88)
  • Brock Wright (89)
  • Garrett Griffin (86)
  • Shane Zylstra (84)
  • James Mitchell* (82)
  • Devin Funchess (13)
  • Derrick Deese Jr.* (48)
  • Nolan Givan* (43)

Expected offensive starting line (14 + 1)

First team

  • LT – Taylor Decker (68)
  • LG — Jonah Jackson (73)
  • C — Frank Ragnow (77)
  • RG — Halapoulivaati Vaitai (72)
  • RT — Penei Sewell (58)

Second Team

  • LT – Obinna Eze* (65) – has seen time in both tackle spots
  • LG — Tommy Kraemer (78) — took photos in all three interior spots
  • C — Evan Brown (63)
  • RG – Logan Stenberg (71) – shifted from left to right this off-season
  • RT — Matt Nelson (67)

third team

  • LT – Dan Skipper (70) – re-acclimatized by illness
  • LG — Zein Obeid* (76)
  • C – Ryan McCollum (74) – injured
  • RG – Kevin Jarvis* (75) – has taken reps on both hold and right tackle
  • RT – Darrin Paulo (66) – has played both tackle spots in both the second and third teams

The second and third lines have seen some movement in camp, sometimes from injuries, sometimes from cross-training players in different positions.

Domestic Defense Line (6 + 1)

  • DL — Michael Brockers (91)
  • NT — Alim McNeill (54)
  • DL – Jason Cornell (96)
  • NT — Isaiah Buggs (98)
  • DL – Bruce Hector (92)
  • DL – Demetrius Taylor* (62)
  • DL – Levi Onwuzurike (75) – injured

The Lions will use two players from this group in basic sets and sometimes even three in large sets.

EDGE Rushers (7 + 2)

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

As with IDL, the Lions will use two players from this group in the base, but will often add a third depending on the situation. Also note that Julian Okwara missed practice on Friday and it is not clear if he is related to an injury.

Off The Ball Linebacker (8)

  • Alex Anzalone (34)
  • Chris Board (49) or Derrick Barnes (55)
  • Malcolm Rodriguez* (44)
  • Anthony Pittman (57)
  • Shaun Dion Hamilton (50)
  • Jarrad Davis (40)
  • Josh Woods (51)

This is the most challenging group to project as they have rotated the top three through the starting positions and nearly everyone through the second and third teams. As of Friday, this is our best estimate of where this group is.

Corner defender (8 + 1)

  • Amani Oruwariye (24)
  • Jeff Okudah (1) or Will Harris (25)
  • Mike Hughes (23)
  • Bobby Prize (27)
  • Mark Gilbert (29)
  • Saivio Smith (19)
  • Cedric Boswell* (35)
  • Jerry Jacobs (39) — PUP List

As with linebacker, the Lions have three players competing for two spots and then the rest of the group battles for fourth spot in the rotation.

Nickel back (2)

  • AJ Parker (41)
  • Chase Luke (36)

Mike Hughes also plays with the Nickelback group.

Safety (7)

  • Tracy Walker (21)
  • De Shon Elliott (5)
  • Ifetu Melifonwu (26) — switched from corner to safety this off season
  • Kerby Joseph* (31)
  • CJ Moore (38) — re-acclimatizing after expulsion from NFI
  • JuJu Hughes (33)
  • Brady Breeze (15)

This group has rotated their reserves quite a bit, and while you can see a player like JuJu Hughes with the second team during the scrimmage, he is likely to fall below Moore (who was only removed from the NFI roster on Friday) on the deep chart. Don’t expect to see Moore in team drills during scrimmage.

Kick squad (4)

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

The kicker battle is wide open.

Kick/Point returnees

  • Point Return — Kalif Raymond (11)
  • PR Reserve: Kalil Pimpleton (83), Amon-Ra St. Brown (14), Maurice Alexander (15)
  • Kick return — Godwin Igwebuike (35)
  • KR Reserve – Trinity Benson (17), Josh Johnson (80)

Kick Cover Specialists

  • Holder – Jack Fox (3)
  • Shooter – Ifetu Melifonwu (26) and Bobby Price (27), Trinity Benson (17) and AJ Parker (41)
  • Personal Protector (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 glance at what’s discussed above:

Roster cheat sheet for scrimmage

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

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