Lions claim Thaddeus Lewis off waivers, release Chastin West

Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions have added quarterback Thaddeus Lewis via the waiver wire and released wide receiver Chastin West.

In addition to the three moves the Detroit Lions made earlier on Tuesday, they also claimed quarterback Thaddeus Lewis off waivers and released wide receiver Chastin West. This means they still have 90 players on their roster.

The move to add Lewis is an interesting one. He was released by the Cleveland Browns last week, as he became the odd man out after the team added Brian Hoyer. Lewis actually started for the Browns in their season finale last year against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he went 22-of-32 for 204 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

With the Lions adding Lewis, they now have five quarterbacks on their roster. Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill are the top two QBs on the depth chart, and now Kellen Moore and Alex Carder have another competitor for the third spot at the position. Lewis, who went to Duke and has been in the NFL since 2010, seems more than capable of beating out Moore and Carder to be the Lions' third-string QB.

As for West, he signed a futures deal with the Lions at the start of this year. He was merely one of several wide receivers on the roster, so he was deemed expendable with the Lions needing to open up a roster spot.

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