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Notes: Lions release TE Kennard Backman and WR Andrew Turzilli

In preparation of signing their undrafted free agents, the Lions waived two players.

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  • Late Thursday afternoon, the Detroit Lions placed tight end Kennard Backman and wide receiver Andrew Turzilli on waivers.

Backman had spent time with Green Bay’s practice squad before ending up on New England’s PS last season. In December, Backman signed with the Lions practice team.

Turzilli was an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers who signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans, and also spent time the 49ers between stints in Tennessee. Along with Backman, Turzilli ending up joining Detroit’s practice squad in December of 2016.

Detroit was also the first team to ever have back-to-back appearances—the Patriots became the second team with Rob Gronkowski and Brady making the cover in ‘17 and ‘18 respectively.

  • One year ago yesterday, these were the top 25 prospects according to Mel Kiper Jr.:

The Lions came away with three of the top 25 in the 2017 NFL Draft: Jarrad Davis, Jalen Tabor and Brad Kaaya.

  • Rookie minicamp starts today, and Matt Asiata is still expected to be a participant per Dave Birkett.