After trading cornerback Mohammed Seisay to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the Detroit Lions had an open spot on their roster that needed to be filled. They received a draft pick in exchange for Seisay, so it wasn't a situation where they swapped players. As a result, they only had 89 players for their first day of training camp on Monday.
On Tuesday, before the second practice of camp began, the Lions filled their roster by signing cornerback Ethan Davis. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Davis worked out for the Lions last week before the team signed cornerback R.J. Stanford. (Javier Arenas also worked out for the Lions last week.) Davis wasn't able to do enough to earn a contract offer then, but now he's on the team with another spot opening up.
Davis joins the Lions after going undrafted earlier this year out of Troy. In college, he recorded 77 total tackles over four seasons and had 3.0 tackles for loss, one interception, nine pass defenses and two forced fumbles.
In all likelihood, Davis will just end up being a camp body. The Lions needed someone to take Seisay's spot, and they especially needed another body at cornerback with Alex Carter missing practice on Monday with an ankle injury. Davis could very well take full advantage of this opportunity, but even then, his best bet is probably the practice squad rather than the 53-man roster.