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    August 7, 2019 7:31 PM PDT
    Veteran tight end Dwayne Allen has hopped from team to team over the last few days as he looks for a place to play in 2019 and his fourth visit of the week wrapped up on Friday.The Dolphins announced that Allen’s visit with the team came to an end on Friday afternoon. Allen spent time with the Browns Sylvester Williams Jersey White , Bills and Lions before heading to South Florida.There are some familiar faces on the Miami coaching staff as head coach Brian Flores, offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski were all with the Patriots before joining the Dolphins. Allen spent the last two seasons with the Patriots before being released earlier this week.Any Ravens interest might have dried up when they re-signed Nick Boyle to a three-year deal and there’s been no word of other visits, so Allen may have a spot with one of the other three teams soon.2018 Detroit Lions roster: Preseason Week 4 53-man roster prediction The Detroit Lions players have one more chance to impress their coaches and make their best case for a spot on the 53-man roster. Thursday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns could be the difference between employment and retirement for some players.But before we jump into post-game analysis, let’s take a look at where things stand prior to the game. Here’s my 53-man roster prediction based on performances throughout training camp and the first three preseason games. Quarterbacks (2)QB Matthew Stafford QB Matt Cassel QB Jake RudockChanges: NoneIt was nice to see Rudock go out there last week against the Buccaneers and lead a game-winning drive, but I already know who Rudock is, and he doesn’t belong on an NFL roster. Even though Matt Patricia talked up his outstanding studying behavior this week, the Lions need someone who can play. Cassel isn’t necessarily the answer, but if there are only two options, he’s the one. Running backs (5)RB Kerryon JohnsonRB Ameer AbdullahRB LeGarrette BlountRB Theo RiddickFB Nick BelloreRB Zach ZennerRB Dwayne WashingtonChanges: NoneNothing has changed my mind about any of these guys. This is the most clear-cut position on the team. Expect to see a lot of Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington Thursday night Ricky Jean Francois Jersey , as the other five backs will not only make the team, but could all be active on gamedays. Wide receivers (4)WR Marvin Jones Jr.WR Golden TateWR Kenny GolladayWR TJ JonesWR Teo ReddingWR Jace BillingsleyWR Brian BrownWR Chris LacyWR Brandon PowellWR Dontez FordWR Bradley MarquezChanges: NoneBrandon Powell has made a hell of a case to be the team’s fifth receiver, but I’m just not buying it. He’s too limited as a slot receiver only, making him far less valuable than TJ Jones, who could essentially fill in if any of the top three receivers go down. Powell’s return ability is a nice bonus, but the Lions are all set there, too. Ultimately, there’s just no space for Powell on this roster, despite his obvious talent. Cross your fingers and hope that he makes it to the practice squad. If not , the Lions don’t really lose out on anything in 2018.Tight ends (4)TE Michael RobertsTE Luke WillsonTE Levine ToiloloTE Hakeem VallesTE Marcus LucasTE Sean McGrathChanges: Valles in.I almost did it last time, but there’s no denying Hakeem Valles. Normally, I would downplay preseason performances from third or fourth-string players, but Valles was getting time with the first-team offense last week, and he remained productive. That’s all I needed to see to know this guy is not only making the team, but could be getting some targets once the regular season starts.I’m tempted to give Michael Roberts the boot here, but the Lions just don’t have enough talent at the tight end position to be kicking last year’s fourth-round pick to the curb. Offensive line (9)OT Taylor DeckerOT Rick WagnerOT Corey RobinsonOT Tyrell CrosbyOG T.J. LangG/C Graham GlasgowOG Frank RagnowG/C Leo KoloamatangiG Kenny WigginsOG Joe DahlOT Brian MihalikOT Jamar McGlosterOT Dan SkipperOL John MontelusC Wesley JohnsonChanges: Dahl out.Last prediction I kept 10 offensive linemen, but if this preseason has proven anything, it’s that the Lions’ offensive line depth just doesn’t have enough talent to justify that many roster spots. Joe Dahl is the odd man out after a very up-and-down preseason Womens Danny Amendola Jersey , while Kenny Wiggins hasn’t exactly been good, but he has significant starting experience.The question here is who will be the Lions’ backup center. Frank Ragnow obviously has positional versatility there, but so does Wesley Johnson and Leo Koloamatangi. Johnson seems to have been the first guy in throughout camp, but he’s play has been uninspiring, at best. Koloamatangi, too, has been inconsistent, but give me the guy with a higher upside. Defensive line (8)DE Ezekiel AnsahDE Anthony ZettelDE Kerry HyderDE/DT Da’Shawn HandDT A’Shawn RobinsonDT Ricky Jean FrancoisDT Sylvester WilliamsDT Jeremiah LedbetterDE Alex BarrettDE Jeremiah ValoagaDE Cam JohnsonDT Josh FatuDT Christian RingoChanges: Valoaga out, Barrett outIt’s pretty clear the Lions aren’t exactly happy with this set of players Golden Tate III Jersey , as evidenced by Robert Ayers’ brief cameo with the team this week. I’m not exactly thrilled with this bunch either, so much like the offensive line, I’m just straight removing some of the depth here. In this case, two players. While that may seem drastic, I may be cutting Alex Barrett, but I’m essentially replacing him with a linebacker who plays the same SAM/left defensive end position as him. Valoaga misses the cut simply because the guy didn’t even play a defensive snap last week. He’s clearly behind the eight ball right now.Linebackers (8)LB Devon KennardLB Jarrad DavisLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinLB Christian JonesLB Jonathan FreenyLB Eli Harold LB Miles KillebrewLB Trevor BatesLB Freddie BishopLB Chad MeredithLB Darnell SankeyLB Steve Longa (IR)Changes: Longa out (IR), Harold in, Killebrew in, Bates inAdding two more linebackers seems drastic , but eight overall linebackers is really not all that much for a team that is going to show a lot of 3-4 looks. And it makes logical sense when you think about who the additions are. Eli Harold is essentially taking Alex Barrett’s spot. Miles Killebrew is simply adding some coverage skills to the group, and Trevor Bates is replacing Longa’s special teams ability. I chose Bates simply because he is regularly getting more preseason playing time both on defense (58 snaps) and special teams (31 snaps) than guys like Freddie Bishop (49, 26) and Chad Meredith (only one game played). It doesn’t hurt that he was formerly with the Patriots, too. Defensive backs (10)CB Darius SlayCB Nevin LawsonCB Teez TaborCB DeShawn SheadCB Quandre DiggsCB Jamal AgnewS Glover QuinS Tavon WilsonS Charles WashingtonS Tracy WalkerCB Mike FordCB Chris JonesCB Antwuan DavisS Rolan MilliganChanges: NoneThe only thing I considered changing was putting Rolan Milligan over Charles Washington, simply because Milligan is getting a lot more playing time in the preseason. However, Milligan’s play has been rough, so I can’t justify that decision. Special Teams (3)K Matt PraterP Sam MartinLS Don MuhlbachP/K Ryan SantosoChanges: NoneI’d write something witty about Don Muhlbach, but that’s Kent’s shtick.