After one of the most challenging weekends in the whole NFL season, the Detroit Lions will field one of the deepest practice squad rosters we’ve seen in quite some time.
The Detroit Lions, like the rest of the NFL, had to make their final roster cuts before ramping up for the start of the regular season. It’s always a tough weekend because, as many coaches will tell you, they’d wish they could keep everyone that has been putting in the practice work all summer.
Many players around the league got the ax this past Saturday, many dreams were broken, but for others, it’s just another opportunity to solidify a job elsewhere. The same goes for veteran players like newly signed running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson, the future Hall Of Famer, signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions after being released by Washington just a few days ago.
Peterson will add to a running back timeshare led by third-year back Kerryon Johnson and rookie phenom D’Andre Swift.
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Wiggins landed on the Lions practice squad and seemed to have fallen out of favor with the Detroit Lions coaching staff for the time being. It looks odd knowing just last season this Lions coaching staff elected to take both Joe Dahl and Graham Glasgow off of the football field in favor of Wiggins during their awful guard rotation experiment.
Later, the organization placed corner, Mike Ford, on the Injured Reserve (IR) and re-signed Oday Aboushi. The organization has announced the signing of Adrian Peterson but has yet made a corresponding roster move.
The deep Lions practice squad currently consists of offensive linemen Beau Benzschawel and Wiggins, along with quarterback David Blough, running back Jonathan Williams, tight end Isaac Nauta; undrafted rookie Hunter Bryant edged him out. The Lions have also signed a pair of pass-catchers who spent the summer with the organization in Tim Kennedy and Victor Bolden.
On the defensive side of the football, the Lions have added defensive backs Jalen Elliott and Bobby Price along with Dee Virgin to the practice squad. Detroit has also signed Kevin Strong, Anthony Pittman, Frank Herron, and Jonathan Wynn.
Also landing on the squad are long snapper Steve Wirtel and punter Arryn Siposs.
This season the Detroit Lions, along with the rest of the league, will be able to dress an additional two players each week from the practice squad to their gameday roster. At this point, all signs are pointing to Wiggins and Isaac Nauta if the team opts to place Hunter Bryant on IR to make room for Peterson.
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One significant loss over the weekend was losing fifth-round selection Jason Huntley to the Philadelphia Eagles, who claimed the elusive tailback off of waivers.