Logan Stenberg was not likely to make the Lions 53-man roster, and they've waived him before the preseason opener.
In three seasons since being a fourth-round pick in Bob Quinn's final draft as Detroit Lions' general manager, Logan Stenberg has played exactly 232 offensive snaps at guard (228 in 2022). When he had to play last season, with four ugly starts, he was not good.
Stenberg was clearly on the wrong side of the Lions' roster bubble heading into training camp, if he was even really on said bubble. After getting a lot of third-team reps in camp practices thus far and being usurped in the joint practices against the Giants this week, with Jonah Jackson sitting out, the Lions did not postpone the inevitable.
On Thursday morning, per ESPN's Eric Woodyard and confirmed by others, Stenberg was released.
The Lions need a roster spot for the pending official addition of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The recent signing of offensive lineman Bobby Hart also was a step to push Stenberg off the roster.
Logan Stenberg release means one player will likely be left from 2020 Detroit Lions draft class
The Lions have cleaned out players from the previous regime. Just this offseason, Stenberg is now the fourth player gone from the aforementioned final draft of "Quinntricia", joining Jeff Okudah, D'Andre Swift and Quintez Cephus. Julian Okwara has work to do to get off the wrong side of the roster bubble, and if he is cut Jackson will be the last player left from that draft class.
Stenberg doesn't seem to be injured, he has simply been outdone and/or usurped by virtually every Lions' interior offensive lineman in camp. Being released without an injury designation will clear a little over $1 million in cap space, with a dead money hit around $185,000, for the Lions (via Over The Cap).
If nothing else, being released this early will allow Stenberg to perhaps latch on with another team and have some time to earn a roster spot.