The Lions have announced their last eight cuts of the day. They are: RB Emil Igwenagu, WR Andrew Peacock, WR Patrick Edwards, TE Jordan Thompson, DT Andre Fluellen, DT Jimmy Saddle-McQueen, DT Xavier Proctor and LB Julian Stanford.
Igwenagu ended up spending less than a week with the Lions. He was claimed off waivers on Monday, and now he's once again without a team. The Lions brought him in to play fullback, and he didn't exactly have a lot of time to make an impact. Perhaps he made enough of an impression to earn consideration for the practice squad, though.
Edwards actually made the Lions' 53-man roster last season, but he was demoted to the practice squad after appearing in only four games. This summer, he had another chance to make the Lions' 53-man roster, but he was behind several guys. Perhaps he will once again end up on the practice squad, but this could be the end of the road for Edwards in Detroit.
Peacock joined the Lions this past offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State. He caught eight passes for 74 yards in the preseason, and he seemingly did enough to at least be considered for the practice squad. It wasn't enough to make the 53-man roster, though.
Thompson joined the Lions back in April. At the time, he was viewed as a camp body at tight end, and that was especially the case after the Lions drafted Eric Ebron. At that point, their top three was already established at tight end, so Thompson became an even bigger long shot to make the team. Perhaps he has gotten into the mix for a spot on the practice squad, but he was only going to make the 53-man roster if somebody ahead of him got injured.
Getting released by the Lions is nothing new for Fluellen. He was actually on his fourth stint with the team before being released this time around. The Lions drafted him in 2008, and he has been on and off the roster many times since then. With the top four at defensive tackle set once the Lions drafted Caraun Reid, it's no surprise that Fluellen was let go, but if there's ever an injury, he certainly could be brought back at a later date.
Much like last year, Saddler-McQueen was always facing an uphill battle to make the team since the Lions have so much depth at defensive tackle. That uphill battle got even tougher this year when the Lions drafted Caraun Reid, and there was only going to be room for Saddler-McQueen if there was an injury. He should have a shot at once again ending up on the practice squad, though.
With the Lions drafting Caraun Reid this year, Proctor's chances of making the 53-man roster were never very good. The Lions are stacked at defensive tackle, and only an injury was going to open the door for him to make the team. He could end up on the practice squad again this year, but making the 53-man roster was always going to be tough to pull off.
Stanford was mainly a special teams player for the Lions, so it's no surprise that he has been released. He was potentially in the mix for the final spot at linebacker, but with other players bringing more to the table on both special teams and defense, Stanford wasn't able to make the team.
The Lions now have a 53-man roster finalized.
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