Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Detroit Lions list Tommy Kraemer as starting right guard against Eagles


Updated: Sep. 06, 2022, 1:37 p.m.|

Published: Sep. 06, 2022, 1:33 p.m.

Detroit Lions offensive guard Tommy Kraemer (78) plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)AP


By Kyle Meinke |


ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions have listed Tommy Kraemer as their starting right guard for the season opener on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He beat out Logan Stenberg for the job, on paper at least.

The job opened up this week when Halapoulivaati Vaitai was moved to injured reserve. The injury is a blow for an offensive front that has been dealing with huge expectations going back to last season, although left tackle Taylor Decker suffered a long-term injury just days before that opener, Frank Ragnow suffered a season-ender before Decker returned and the starting five never did play a snap together.

A year later, days before the opener, deja vu.

But one silver lining to all the injuries is a lot of backups have acquired a lot of experience heading into the 2022 season. In Kraemer’s case, he wound up starting three games as an undrafted rookie last year, and played 238 offensive snaps overall. He played pretty well too, allowing no sacks and just two hits on 125 pass blocks according to ProFootballFocus.

“One of the benefits of having some of the injuries we had is that Evan Brown gets a load, (Matt) Nelson gets a load, Kraemer gets a load,” head coach Dan Campbell said the other day. “Now you’re seeing those guys, they’re better players this year than they were last year because they have a lot of experience under their belt, a lot more for sure. You’ve got to have depth in this league to survive, so that’s pretty good.”

Now before the season has even kicked off, Detroit is already leaning on that depth once again.

Elsewhere on the depth chart, the Lions have listed Chris Board ahead of rookie Malcolm Rodriguez at linebacker (a helpful reminder these things are very unofficial) and Kalif Raymond is the starting kick/punt returner. Here’s a look at the rest of it.


WR: DJ Chark, Quintez Cephus

TE: T.J. Hockenson, Brock Wright, Shane Zylstra

LT: Taylor Decker

LG: Jonah Jackson, Drew Forbes

C: Frank Ragnow, Evan Brown

RG: Tommy Kraemer, Logan Stenberg

RT: Penei Sewell, Matt Nelson

WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kalif Raymond

WR: Josh Reynolds

QB: Jared Goff, Nate Sudfeld

RB: D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, Craig Reynolds


EDGE: Aidan Hutchinson, John Cominsky, Julian Okwara

DL: Michael Brockers, Levi Onwuzurike, Demetrius Taylor

DL: Alim McNeill, Isaiah Buggs, Benito Jones

EDGE: Charles Harris, Austin Bryant

LB: Chris Board, Malcolm Rodriguez, Josh Woods

LB: Alex Anzalone, Derrick Barnes

CB: Amani Oruwariye, Bobby Price

CB: Jeff Okudah, Will Harris

SLOT: Mike Hughes, Chase Lucas

S: Tracy Walker, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Kerby Joseph

S: DeShon Elliott, JuJu Hughes


K: Austin Seibert

H: Jack Fox

P: Jack Fox

LS: Scott Daly

PR: Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown

KR: Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown


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