Detroit Lions sign offensive lineman Bobby Hart, waive Jake McQuaide and Tom Kennedy


The Detroit Lions signed offensive lineman Bobby Hart on Monday, and waived two players to complete a trio of roster moves as the week before the preseason opener gets going.

The Detroit Lions were clearly looking for some offensive line help, with Oday Aboushi teasing a visit and a possible return to the team. NFL reporter Aaron Wilson added Bobby Hart to the list of offensive lineman workouts with his report on Sunday.

On Monday, the Lions announced they have signed Hart. Long snapper Jake McQuaide was waived to make room, and wide receiver Tom Kennedy was waived with an injury settlement.

McQuaide being let go means Scott Daly will remain the Lions' long snapper, unless someone else is added to compete with him. Kennedy was either headed for IR for the Lions or going to be waived with an injury settlement, and that an official move on him took this long is a little odd.

Lions add experience to offensive line depth with Bobby Hart

Hart has played for four teams (New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills) over eight NFL seasons since being taken in the seventh round of the 2015 draft by the Giants. He has most played right tackle, with some stray appearances at guard and left tackle in recent years. His heaviest sample of work was as the Bengals' starting right tackle for three seasons (45 starts from 2018-2020, every game in 2018 and 2019). He played in 15 games for the Bills last season.

Dan Campbell seemed to lament that no one had seized a job behind the Lions' offensive line starters yet. His comments foreshadowed that a move to add someone was coming.

"You want somebody to separate themselves, that’s what we’re looking for is that next wave,” coach Dan Campbell said of the team's offensive line depth. “There’s a group of guys that, ‘Let’s go, somebody go take a job here.’ "

Hart could legitimately push Matt Nelson for the Lions' primary backup tackle spot. Germain Ifedi is definitely on shakier ground now with the addition of Hart, as he battles for a roster spot.

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