On Sunday, the Detroit Lions beat the Washington Redskins 27-20 and made history in the process, beating the Redskins in D.C. for the first time in the history of the rivalry. On Monday, lost in the glamour of the Lions 2-1 start, they team hosted four veterans — according to the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett.
Former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson and former 49ers wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins are among the four in for a visit at Allen Park this morning.
Hawkins, a former fourth round pick by the Tennessee Titans who stands 5’11 and 194 lbs., made some terrific plays in the preseason for the 49ers — including this gem — but drew the ire of the coaching staff for his two untimely personal fouls — I know, he’ll fit right in. He caught just five passes in 2012, after a career year for the Tennessee Titams in 2011 in which he cauht 47 passes for 470 yards and one touchdown. In his five year career with the Titans, he caught 71 passes for 771 yards and one touchdown.
Parker Wilson went undrafted but was signed by the Atlanta Falcons in 2009. He did not see the field in 2009 and was inactive in 2010, too. He spent time on the practice squad in 2011 before being added to the Jaguars roster later in the season. In two seasons as the starter for Alabama, he accumulated over 7,900 yards while winning 25 of his 38 games as the starting quarterback.
The other two players who came in for a workout this morning is currently unclear. With defensive end Jason Jones out for the season, many believe the Lions will look to add depth at that position. One name to potentially keep an eye out for, is former Detroit Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson. He was cut from the Minnesota Vikings after failing to make the 53-man roster.