Though the Detroit Lions brought in three running backs to tryout on Tuesday, they ended up signing two players at other positions. The team announced Tuesday afternoon that they have added cornerback Tramain Jacobs and wide receiver Dez Stewart.
Jacobs went undrafted in 2014 after a two-year career at Texas A&M. Since entering the NFL, Jacobs has spent time on the Ravens, Giants and Raiders. In Baltimore, he saw the field only three times—mostly on special teams—but Jacobs managed to play time in five games during the 2015 season. In total, Jacobs has made three special teams tackles in his career.
Jacobs enters a very competitive cornerback situation that added three major players this offseason. Teez Tabor and Jamal Agnew were drafted this year, while the Lions shelled out $3.75 million for DJ Hayden in free agency.
Stewart is also an undrafted, small-school prospect that didn’t hear his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 203 pound receiver out of Ohio Dominican was swooped up by the Buccaneers after the draft, but failed to make the team. In college, Stewart caught 196 passes for 3,197 yards and 25 touchdowns over four seasons. But since entering the NFL, Stewart has bounced around: After his start with the Bucs, short stints in Washington, Green Bay and Pittsburgh followed. He has yet to make an appearance in an NFL game.
Stewart, too, will have an uphill battle to make the Lions roster. The competition at wide receiver is currently overwhelming, and just as stiff as giving Stewart little chance to make the final 53-man roster.
To make room for both signees, the Lions waived/injured cornerback Des Lawrence as well as wide receiver Ryan Spadola. Lawrence was carted off during the Lions’ mock game on Saturday, while Spadola has sat out of the last few practices.