The Detroit Lions were left with an open spot on their 90-man offseason roster when Braylon Broughton was released after failing his physical last week. The Lions not only filled that hole today, they also made another roster swap.
Defensive lineman Spencer Nealy will get a shot at impressing the Lions after going undrafted out of Texas A&M. He played defesive tackle for the Aggies last season but previously spent time at defensive end. Physically he’s still stuck somewhere between positions at 6’3″ and 285 lbs but the Lions are a good landing place for him considering their love of versatile players.
Nealy wasn’t the only defensive ‘tweener added to the roster today. Robert Maci, formerly of Purdue, fits that bill as well. He played both defensive end and linebacker for the Boilermakers but most scouts have seen him as a linebacker in the NFL. Listed at 6’4″ and 249 lbs on the Purdue athletic page, Maci feels he play either position with the ability to gain or shed weight as necessary.
The Lions also claimed quarterback Thaddeus Lewis who had been waived by the Cleveland Browns. He got his start in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010 before joining the the Browns in 2011. He was the starting quarterback in the Browns’ 2012 season finale agains the Pittsburgh Steelers, going 22 of 32 for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a loss.
Defensive tackle Michael Brooks and wide receiver Chastain West were released to make room for the new additions.