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NFL roster cuts: Lions waiving TE Cole Wick, WR Noel Thomas

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The Lions start off Saturday with a mildly surprising cut.

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The Detroit Lions continued their cutdown on Saturday with a somewhat surprising cut. According to Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm, the Lions are waiving tight end Cole Wick.

Wick joined the Lions in 2016 as an undrafted rookie from Incarnate Word. Because of a myriad of injuries, Wick made the squad that year and was a minor contributor. He played in six games and caught two passes before being placed on injured reserve.

This year, it appeared there would be a spot on the roster for Wick again. Although the Lions brought in Darren Fells and drafted Michael Roberts, many believed Detroit would carry four tight ends on the roster, especially considering the Lions are expected to use more two tight end looks this year.

But apparently Wick didn’t do enough to prove his worth on the roster. If the Lions are still planning on keeping four tight ends, that could mean Robert Tonyan or Khari Lee is on the path to make the final roster. Tonyan caught two passes in the Lions’ preseason finale against the Bills, while Lee played in eight games for Detroit last season.

In addition to Wick, the Lions are also parting ways with rookie Noel Thomas, according to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. Thomas went undrafted in 2017 and caught three passes for 35 yards in the preseason.

Follow along with all of the Lions’ transactions with our 2017 Detroit Lions Cuts Tracker.