Rothstein expects RB Theo Riddick to have a role in the offense, though he is behindJoique Bell and Ameer Abdullah on the depth chart.
Rothstein could see Riddick as a two-minute back, or as a slot receiver.
QB Dan Orlovsky is expected to be apart of the Lions 53-man roster this season, barring injury.
However, Rothstein could see the Lions releasing Orlovsky if QB Kellen Moore attains the No. 2 role.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN writes that second-round rookie CB Quinten Rollins looks capable of defending the slot and outside, while first-round rookie S Damarious Randall looks better suited for outside duties only.
Fourth-round rookie ILB Jake Ryan is not expected to start, but has shown “natural” talent in pass coverage and blitzing.
Demovsky expects WR Jeff Janis to have the No. 4 receiver role, but does not count out third-round rookie WR Ty Montgomery.
Undrafted rookie RB John Crockett will have to beat second-year RBRajion Neal to make the 53-man roster.