Rookie tight end James Mitchell is a Lion heading into the start of the NFL’s regular season. 

The Detroit Lions made the league-mandated cut to their roster on Tuesday, and the Big Stone Gap native was among the 53 players to play their way onto the team.

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Detroit Lions rookie tight end James Mitchell  runs a route during a preseason game Aug. 28 in Pittsburgh.

Baltimore Ravens punter Jordan Stout

The Baltimore Ravens' Jordan Stout (11) punts against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game on Aug. 21 in Glendale, Ariz. 

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