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Lions release Jay Lee from practice squad, re-sign Charles Washington

Last week, the Lions signed Lee and cut Washington. Monday, they swapped back.

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Last Wednesday, the Detroit Lions re-signed one of their most hyped undrafted free agent signings. Wide receiver Jay Lee was added to the team’s practice squad, which already featured receivers Jace Billingsley and TJ Jones. Cornerback Charles Washington—also an undrafted rookie—was let go to make room for Lee.

However, the move didn’t last long, as the Lions reversed the swap on Monday afternoon. The team announced that Lee had been released from the practice squad while Washington had been re-signed to the 10-man team.

This move continues the ongoing tinkering of the roster that has come to define general manager Bob Quinn’s first season with the Lions. It’s a bit weird to see the Lions make a move then undo it five days later, but there could be some method to Quinn’s madness. Anquan Boldin was questionable last week, and because Jones and Billingsley are very different type of receivers, Lee could have been the better fit to replace Boldin, if it was necessary. In the end, Boldin was healthy enough to play and now the Lions don’t see a need for Lee.

Here’s a look at the practice squad as it currently stands.

WR Jace Billingsley
WR TJ Jones
CB Alex Carter
RB Mike James
LB Steve Longa
OL Brian Mihalik
QB Jake Rudock
CB D’Joun Smith
G Brandon Thomas
DB Charles Washington

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