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Lions sign offensive tackle Luke Marquardt

One day after adding defensive line depth, the Lions grabbed help along the offensive line.

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Just a day after adding some defensive line depth to their roster, the Detroit Lions announced on Thursday they have signed a new player to the offensive line:

Luke Marquardt went undrafted out of Azusa Pacific in 2013. In college, he had a solid career, serving in multiple roles along the offensive line, but a fracture in his right foot caused him to lose his entire senior year. The 49ers took a chance on him in 2013 but Marquardt spent the year on the non-football injury list due to the foot injury. The following year, Marquardt re-fractured the foot and the 49ers eventually released him.

The Jets signed Marquardt earlier this April, but ended up cutting him in June.

Like Wednesday’s signing of Quanterus Smith, Marquardt’s addition is based on underlying potential that has been held back by injuries. Marquardt has yet to play a single snap in the NFL, but he was an intriguing prospect. Despite coming from a small school and missing his entire senior year with the aforementioned foot injury, he was still invited to compete at the NFL Combine. Still, if he has already been released by a team this offseason, the door for a real NFL career may have already closed on Marquardt.

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