Before kicking off the second day of their mandatory minicamp, the Detroit Lions made a change to their roster by releasing running back Rasheed Williams. If this sounds familiar, it's because the Lions also released Williams back in May shortly after signing him as an undrafted free agent.
The first time Williams was released, the move mainly revolved around his unavailability. With school still in session for Williams, he wasn't eligible to take part in the Lions' initial set of OTAs, so they freed up a roster spot for someone else while he was busy wrapping up his schoolwork. Then, once Williams' classes came to a close, he was re-signed at the start of June.
The Lions seemed pretty intrigued by Williams' abilities at running back, but now he is once again off the team. Why was he released this time? Speculation suggests that the Lions are about to bring in extra help at offensive tackle. LaAdrian Waddle isn't practicing right now as he continues to recover from a partially torn ACL, and Cornelius Lucas is now out with an injury of his own. This has led to some thin numbers at the tackle position:
Saw a few series yesterday where Michael Williams repped with both the first and second teams at RT, because of the low numbers.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) June 17, 2015
At this point, no corresponding move has been made just yet, but it's a safe bet that the Lions are going to sign an offensive tackle to get back to 90 players on their roster.