After Dwayne Washington showed immense progress throughout the preseason, it made George Winn’s spot on the roster expendable. But the Detroit Lions aren’t done with the running back yet. According to Justin Rogers, Winn will return to the Lions as part of the team’s practice squad.
Winn will fill one of the four practice squad spots designated for players with one or two acquired season in the NFL. Along with TJ Jones, the Lions have already filled two of those four spots.
Winn has been with the Lions since 2014, appearing in 19 games and tallying 9 special teams tackles along the way. Winn hasn’t been much of a runner in Detroit. In his two years, he only has 23 carries for a meager 74 yards. However, if the Lions need special teams help, they can now call up their hometown back off the practice squad.
In addition to Winn, the Lions have added wide receiver Jace Billingsley to the practice squad per Dave Birkett. Billingsley, a fan favorite here, had an outstanding preseason. He showed his skills both as a receiver and as a punt and kick returner.
Brandon Thomas has also been added to the practice squad according to Adam Caplan. The Lions added the young offensive lineman via a trade with the 49ers that sent wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to San Francisco. Thomas brings potential after an injury-riddled past derailed his career with the 49ers.
UPDATE: Jace Billingsley confirmed on Twitter he’ll continue to be a part of the Lions organization: