The Detroit Lions have waived seven players to get their roster to 80
The Detroit Lions have now made moves to cut their roster down to the NFL mandated 80 players as training camps across the league are getting underway. In order to make the cut, the Lions waived seven players over the past couple of days. And that included their newest arrival.
Last Monday, the Lions were awarded former 2019 fifth-rounder Daylon Mack off the waiver wire from the Baltimore Ravens. The defensive tackle figured to help Detroit offset the loss of John Atkins, who had opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.
But on Friday it was reported the Lions decided to waive Mack with a failed physical designation. He played just one game for the Ravens last season before landing on Injured Reserve with a knee injury.
On Sunday, the Lions cut six more players to get their roster size to 80. Those players included cornerback Michael Jackson, linebacker Christian Sam, defensive end Jonathan Wynn, offensive guard Josh Garrett, and wide receivers Travis Fulgham and Chris Lacy.
Jackson was a fifth-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. He was waived during final cuts and ended up playing just two special teams snaps for Detroit last season.
NOTE: After the publishing of this story, the Lions elected to trade Jackson to the New England Patriots instead for an undisclosed 2022 draft pick per Adam Schefter.
After a two-week stint with the New England Patriots, the undrafted Lacy was claimed by Detroit in May of 2018. Last season he brought in three of his 10 targets for 60 yards in seven-game appearances.
A sixth-round selection out of Old Dominion, Fulgham made some noise last offseason as a rookie. But he ended up playing in just three games for Detroit last year and didn’t record a single reception off three targets in 63 offensive snaps.
Sam was one of the many former New England Patriots players to sign in the Motor City during head coach Matt Patricia’s current three-year run in Motown. He was added to the practice squad in mid-December and signed to a Reserve/Future contract. soon afterward.
Undrafted out of Vanderbilt, Wynn was on the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad before coming to Detroit. He played a single game for the Lions last season, playing a total of 12 snaps.
Garrett was a former first-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Unfortunately, injuries plagued his time with the Niners, which ended after only three seasons. The Lions took a flier on Garrett by signing him in February after he spent a year out of football. But now they’ve decided to move on.