Dozens of new faces in Detroit

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Detroit’s roster overhaul during the past eight months has been something to behold. Here are a few notes, interesting at least to me, as the Lions emerge from Cutdown/Waiver Weekend:

  1. Things are changing by the minute, but as of Monday morning there were 31 players on the Lions’ active roster who are new to the organization in 2009. That’s a huge number, and not surprisingly it leads the NFL, according to some unofficial ESPN research. (Denver ranks second with 29.) The league average, as of Sunday, was 15. We won’t know for a while if these new players are better than the old ones, but regardless, it was an appropriate response to a 0-16 season.

  2. This depth chart is unofficial, but for now it lists rookie Sammie Lee Hill as a starter at defensive tackle. I’ve learned never to trust these documents, but when you look at the Lions’ options at the position, you realize it’s entirely possible Hill will start Sunday at New Orleans. So it’s not out of the question that four of the Lions’ top five draft choices -- quarterback Matthew Stafford, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, safety Louis Delmas and Hill -- will be opening-week starters. That’s a testament to the rookie class -- and an unspoken statement about the players they’re replacing.

  3. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, the Lions signed quarterback Brock Berlin to their practice squad. That gives the Lions a healthy quarterback to run the scout team while Drew Stanton recovers from knee surgery. It also prevents the Lions from carrying four quarterbacks on their active roster.