July 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm

In photos: Josh Katzenstein predicts 2014 Lions' starters

The beginning of Lions training camp is about three weeks away, but unless there are some major upsets in camp, now is a good time to predict the starting lineup for 2014. Click through our gallery above or here.

Although the Lions made some moves and lost some starters since January cornerback Chris Houston, safety Louis Delmas and defensive end Willie Young, the starting groups will look mostly similar to 2013.

Free-agent acquisitions like receiver Golden Tate and safety James Ihedigbo are among the new faces expected to start, and there are some up-in-the-air competitions like right tackle, strongside linebacker and kicker.

But many of the other changes to the new-look lineup will be a result of the new coaching staff.

Under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, the Lions could use a variety of offensive formations instead of the typical three-receiver group from the Scott Linehan era. The offense will likely use two receivers and two tight ends with the addition of first-round tight end Eric Ebron, but the Lions will employ a fullback more often than in recent years.

Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will continue using a 4-3 defense, but said his unit will be multiple in its formations. One change is the new designation of closed and open defensive ends, who will move based on the offensive formation, instead of assigning them to the right or left side.

To see who we expect to start, click through the gallery above, and leave any agreement or disagreement in the comments below.



Matthew Stafford is the incumbent at the quarterback. / Daniel Mears / Detroit News