It isn’t surprising that the Detroit Lions are making roster moves today. Except, most expected that it would involve a wide receiver to ease the pain of losing Nate Burleson.
Well, the Lions did make a move for a wide receiver, but only at the practice squad level. They had an open spot on the practice squad roster after the Dallas Cowboys signed cornerback Chris Greenwood and the Lions wasted no time in signing wide receiver Charles Hawkins to fill the spot. Hawkins went undrafted out of Southern University who spent some time with the Arizona Cardinals. Hawkins was one of three receivers to work out for the Lions yesterday.
But the Lions did make a move on their 53-man roster but it was on the defensive side. Out is defensive tackle Justin Bannan after the Lions were awarded defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith, who was waived by the Seattle Seahawks.
Smith was originally a 2010 third-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars but didn’t make his debut until 2012 after going on injured reserve in each of his first two seasons. He also ended up on IR during the 2012 season.