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Martin Mayhew: Lions 'still trying to acquire some players'

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said on Tuesday that the team is still actively looking at adding some free agents.


Detroit Lions training camp has been underway since last Friday, and we're just 10 days away from the team's first preseason game of 2013. At this point, barring any serious injuries, you might think that the Lions' roster is pretty much set. At least in terms of who will have a shot at making the 53-man squad, we're past the point of notable changes, right?

Wrong, actually. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew met with the media on Tuesday, and he made it clear that changes to the roster are still possible. In fact, the Lions are actively trying to add some free agents, according to Mayhew. From MLive:

"We're still looking at players that are out there," Mayhew said. "We're still trying to acquire some players. We just want to keep constantly improving."

Mayhew declined to get into specifics on who he's looking at, but the Free Press' Dave Birkett mentioned that the Lions "still want veteran help on the defensive line." I'd imagine defensive tackles Justin Bannan and Rocky Bernard are among the players the Lions are still looking at considering they both visited last week. The Lions ended up signing Andre Fluellen, but perhaps they still have plans to bolster their depth at defensive tackle.

Mayhew also said on Tuesday that this group is the "biggest, most athletic, fastest team" the Lions have had since he became general manager years ago. So although he is still looking to add more talent, he likes the make-up of the roster as things currently stand.

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