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Lions notes looks at Justin Blalock, Chris Houston and much more.

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  • Back in March, free-agent offensive guard Justin Blalock visited the Detroit Lions. For a while, it looked like he might sign with the Lions to fill their "potential starter/veteran depth" role at guard, but he never ended up signing anywhere. Now we know why: Instead of adding Blalock, the Lions ultimately ended up drafting Laken Tomlinson in the first round, and they also acquired Manny Ramirez via a trade.

  • Former Lions cornerback Chris Houston, who sat out last season with an injury after being released by Detroit, is back in the NFL:
  • Quarterback Garrett Gilbert officially joined the Lions on Monday after passing his physical. The Lions originally claimed him off waivers last Friday.

  • The early returns on new starting center Travis Swanson have been very, very positive.

  • The Lions spent Monday getting their headshots.
  • Pro Football Focus has a breakdown of how many snaps the Lions lost this offseason.

  • The United States' rugby sevens team, which includes former Lion Carlin Isles, is headed to the 2016 Olympics.

  • Which rounds in the draft produce the most starting offensive linemen? Gang Green Nation recently tackled this question with an in-depth breakdown.