No matter how it’s constructed, the Detroit Lions will have a different look to their offensive line this year.

Gone are longtime left tackle Jeff Backus, who retired after starting nearly every game the last 12 seasons, right tackle Gosder Cherilus, who left for big money in his first chance at free agency, and right guard Stephen Peterman, a post-Super Bowl cut.

The three players most likely to start in their place — Riley Reiff, Jason Fox and Larry Warford — have one career start between them, but quarterback Matthew Stafford, the man they’re charged with protecting, said he doesn’t expect “any kind of drop-off” this fall.

“I don’t expect a big change,” Stafford said Wednesday, after the Lions’ second OTA practice of the spring. “I think we’re extremely talented up front and, obviously, right now, we didn’t even hardly work with the offensive line at all today, just some stuff at the very end. But through OTAs and through minicamp, that kind of stuff will start figuring itself out, and we’ll be ready to go.”

Lions coach Jim Schwartz reiterated Wednesday that Reiff, a first-round pick last year out of Iowa, has always been considered a potential successor to Backus, even though the team toyed with the idea of moving him to right guard this off-season.

That desire stemmed from struggles on the interior line that general manager Martin Mayhew said contributed to some of Stafford’s inconsistencies last year.

Stafford said Wednesday he’s not sure how or whether that interior pressure affected his mechanics last fall, but he said he deserves some of whatever blame was placed on the line.

“Anytime you play quarterback, your dream is a perfect pocket every time,” Stafford said. “But let’s be honest, it’s the NFL. The defensive guys get paid to rush the passer.

“But that’s something that we’ll focus on like we do every year is improving the pocket and me moving in the correct ways, left, right, up, back, whatever it is, to avoid pressure. So that’s something we’re constantly working on and something that we’re going to have an emphasis on this spring.”