Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Detroit Lions released four more players on Saturday, all from the defense. Defensive tackles Jerel Worthy and Kerry Hyder were among those released, as was defensive end Larry Webster and safety Isaiah Johnson.
Larry Webster, a former fourth-round draft pick in 2014, failed to impress nearly all preseason. With Jason Jones sitting the entire preseason, the Lions looked to their depth for a standout player, and Webster failed to step up to the occasion. Webster's release may be a good sign for Phillip Hunt, who overall had a more impressive preseason. The good news for Webster is he would make a fine candidate for the practice squad.
Kerry Hyder's three fumble recoveries on Thursday weren't enough to secure a roster spot. Hyder was never expected to make the roster after the Lions signed him to a futures contract in January. Hyder spent 2014 on the New York Jets' practice squad, and now he may find himself on the Lions' squad this season.
Jerel Worthy was nabbed by the Lions just a month ago to compete for the defensive tackle job. Sadly, Worthy never appeared to make any progress in climbing his way up the depth chart. The former Michigan State Spartan will now have to find another team, after bouncing around the NFL for the past year.
Isaiah Johnson made some plays this preseason, including this crushing hit on the Bills' Matt Simms. But in the end, the safety position was just too crowded to make room for Johnson. That being said, Johnson would be a perfect candidate for the practice squad.
Stay tuned to our roster tracker as the Lions continue to cut down to meet Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for the final 53-man NFL roster.