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Lions sign WR Jay Lee to practice squad, release CB Charles Washington

The Lions’ undrafted free agent pickup is back with the team’s practice squad.

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The Detroit Lions continued to make changes to its practice squad on Wednesday morning after making several transactions on Tuesday. The team announced that wide receiver Jay Lee has been added to the team’s practice squad while cornerback Charles Washington was released from the team to make room for Lee.

Lee was one of the most coveted undrafted free agents this year, and many expected him to compete for a spot on the Lions’ 53-man roster. Lee had an illustrious career at Baylor, totaling 1700 yards and 15 touchdowns in his three-year college career.

During his time with the Lions in preseason, Lee was modest in his production. In his first three exhibition games, Lee had only three total catches for 16 yards. However, in the preseason finale against the Bills, Lee broke out with six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Lee gives the Lions a skillset that they don’t truly have on the roster. At 6-foot-2, 211 pounds, Lee is a physical receiver who can fight for jump balls. He has had issues in the past with his hands, but his rare physical tools were enough to finally land a spot on the practice squad, despite being without an NFL team since teams made their initial cuts to 53 men. The Lions now have three receivers on their practice squad: Lee, Jace Billingsley and TJ Jones.

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