The Detroit Lions roster shrunk in size on Monday afternoon. Six players were cut a full 24 hours plus ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
The two names that stand out the most are cornerback, Jonte Green and place kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.
The release of Tavecchio means that seventh-round pick Nate Freese will enter the season as the team’s place kicker. Freese was in a close compeittion with Tavecchio for the job all through training camp.
Jonte Green found himself seventh on the depth chart behind the likes of Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis, Bill Bentley, Nevin Lawson, Cassius Vaughn, and Chris Greenwood. Green was unable to make a big enough impact in training camp and the first three weeks of preseason to climb past any of his counterparts.
Green is however eligible to sign with the Lions’ practice squad after the Aug. 30 cut-down date to 53 players, per the new practice squad rules, as long as another team doesn’t sign him.
He is a former sixth-round pick of the Lions in 2012, and has played in 24 games with seven starts over the last two seasons in Detroit.
The Lions also released cornerback Aaron Hester, fullback Chad Abram, quarterback James Franklin, and punter Drew Butler, and placed safety DeJon Gomes on injured reserve after he suffered a neck injury against Oakland in Week 2 of the preseason.
The next deadline to trim the roster is Aug. 30, when the Lions have to slim down to 53 players. On Aug. 31 they can start to form their 10-man practice squad.