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Wednesday Notes: Trade with Jaguars Finalized

  • My prayers go out to Ricky Sandoval, the Lions director of security who just celebrated his 49th birthday yesterday.  Unfortunately Ricky is in the hospital and is "beginning to slip away."  He has battled with pancreatic cancer for the last three years.
  • The Gerald Alexander-Dennis Northcutt trade was finalized on Tuesday.  Alexander was surprised by the trade, as were most Lions fans.  I'm really only surprised that the Lions dealt him for Northcutt, as him being moved isn't too shocking.  As Tom Kowalski explains, the chances of Alexander making the roster weren't all that great, so the team obviously figured it would get something out of him rather than just cut him after training camp.
  • Patrick Hayes of It's Just Sports recently spoke with Otis Wiley, getting an update on the former Spartan's status with the Lions.
    Now, where are you at right now, you're with the Lions right?

    Yeah, with the Lions. In July I go back and tryout again and if I get on the roster, it'll be a nice little smooth sail after that.
    Wiley would have been on the Lions after the draft if he hadn't failed his physical, so it sounds like he will get another shot at joining the team when training camp begins.  Considering he hasn't been able to spend any time on the team so far, I would put his chances of making it past the first round of cuts fairly low.  The safety position, as we learned from the above-mentioned trade, is pretty much set in stone barring an injury.
  • The NFL Network caught up with Matthew Stafford and Brandon Pettigrew at the rookie symposium.
  • Thousands of people, including Jared DeVries, attended the funeral of Iowa high school coach Ed Thomas.

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