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Braxston Cave, Casey Pierce waived by the Lions

The post-draft cuts are on. Per the official transaction report, center Braxston Cave and practice squad tight end Casey Pierce were waived by the Lions on Tuesday.

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The draft is always a special time for new faces and young men entering the NFL, but the week after usually spells doom for those barely clinging to a spot on the roster. Two such names became casualties of the post-draft cuts on Tuesday for the Detroit Lions: backup center Braxston Cave and practice squad tight end Casey Pierce. The two were officially waived by the Lions in the early evening to stay below the 90-man roster limit.

Braxston Cave was listed as third on the official Lions depth chart at the center position before being waived Tuesday. Most likely, Cave's place on the roster was made unnecessary back on Friday, when the Lions drafted Michigan's Graham Glasgow in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Cave was promoted from the practice squad during the 2015 NFL season. He's currently served three seasons in the league with three different teams, all on practice squads before the Lions promoted him.

Casey Pierce, originally out of Kent State, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Lions back in 2015. He's served his entire tenure on the practice squad. The Lions recently acquired two undrafted free agent tight ends in the days following the NFL Draft, so it is possible that Pierce didn't match up to whatever the organization had in mind for its deep-depth talent.