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Undrafted Free Agents: Detroit Lions Agree To Deal With Ryan Donahue

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Just when you thought things were quieting down for the night, another piece of news came out about an undrafted free agent and the Detroit Lions. From NFL agent Matt Brei:

Congrats to client Ryan Donahue. Agreed to a contract with the Detroit Lions tonight.less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply


Donahue is a punter from Iowa. He started all four seasons at Iowa and averaged 44.6 yards per punt last season. He averaged 40.9 yards per punt in 2009, 41.6 in 2008 and 41.1 in 2007. His long punts for each of the last four seasons were 73, 73, 64 and 82 yards.

I will admit that it's a bit interesting that the Lions are bringing in another punter, but I don't think it means much. My guess is the Lions are adding him for two main reasons: 1) to fill out their 90-man roster; and 2) to spread the reps at punter out a bit so Nick Harris doesn't have to do everything. I'm sure Harris has been training and punting on his own, but with injuries expected to be prevalent thanks to the lockout, an insurance policy doesn't hurt.