Teddy Bridgewater officially a Lion, Justin Jackson shockingly retires in slew of roster moves

The Detroit Lions announced a slew of roster moves on Thursday, including Teddy Bridgewater is now officially on the roster.
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We knew Teddy Bridgewater would officially become a Detroit Lion before the week was out, and the news guard Logan Stenberg would be released was reported a little before that announcement. But the Lions also announced another roster move, part of which was shocking.

Bridgewater is not expected to play Friday night against the Giants, but he will surely be on the sideline at Ford Field and be found for an interview or two during the game.

Running back Justin Jackson, who has a fairly late re-addition but was in line to be the Lions' No. 3 running back and kickoff returner again, was placed on the reserve/retired list. The signing of running back Devine Ozigbo on Wednesday could now be seen as an indicator the Lions knew it was possible Jackson would retire, and they've also signed Snell in the direct corresponding move to Jackson indeed deciding to retire.

Being as he was such a late signing, days before training camp started, perhaps the Lions were able to coax Jackson out of considering retirement. He is not known to be injured, so this is purely a decision to not play football anymore.

Detroit Lions add a new body to running back competition

The competition for the Lions' No. 3 and No. 4 running back spot just got a little more interesting. Jackson seemingly had the inside track on one spot. Craig Reynolds, Mohamed Ibrahim, Jermar Jefferrson, Ozigbo and Snell are now the competitors for two spots.

Snell spent his first four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being a fourth-round pick by them in 2019, with a diminished offensive role in the last two. He has played nearly 1,000 special teams snaps in his career, across all four phases. Over his first two seasons, he started five games for the Steelers and totaled 794 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 219 carries.

All the best to Jackson as he enters the next phase of his life without football.


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