The Detroit Lions continue to tinker their roster at the bottom of the depth chart. On Tuesday morning, the team announced they have waived cornerback Keith Lewis and signed former Cowboys cornerback Brandon McGee in his place.
McGee only has three years under his belt, but has bounced around from team to team. Drafted in 2013 by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round, McGee played in just 18 games over two and a half seasons with the Rams, spending most of his last days with the team on the practice squad. He then spent just a few weeks on the Giants’ roster before joining the Cowboys’ practice squad later in 2015. He was released from Dallas back in June.
McGee has an uphill battle to make his way onto the roster, as the Lions already have 10 other cornerbacks on the roster.
At a position where the Lions were certain about their talent at the top, there were plenty of question marks about the depth at cornerback beyond Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson and Quandre Diggs. For Keith Lewis, the Lions ultimately decided to keep players with special teams value instead of the 27 year old from the Virginia University of Lynchburg.
During the first two contests of the preseason, no cornerback received fewer snaps on defense than Lewis. On special teams, Lewis hardly was given a look, receiving just 13.5 percent of the snaps available on special teams.
Lewis was an undrafted free agent in 2014. Since then, he’s been on the practice squads of the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. In January, he signed a futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was waived in early June. He has yet to be on an active roster in his NFL career.