One of the cooler stories to come out of the 2016 NFL Draft was the moment in which German receiver Moritz Boehringer was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round. After interviewing Boehringer at the end of the fifth round, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock made a strange plea to the Minnesota front office to draft Boehringer, and, shockingly, the team obliged.
Unfortunately, things didn’t end up working out for Boehringer, as the Vikings waived the receiver as part of their final cuts last week, and, unlike last year, they did not bring him back to their practice squad.
However, he’s not giving up. According to Henry Hodgson—and first picked up by Lions Wire—the Detroit Lions worked out Boehringer earlier this week.
The Lions regularly work out players on Tuesday and just because Boehringer was there this week does not mean a signing is imminent. As thoroughly explained in this Ringer article, teams want to keep updated scouting reports on potential additions should the team suffer injuries.
But there’s a possibility Boehringer could find a home in Detroit. The Lions currently have two receivers on their practice squad: Jace Billingsley and Noel Thomas. Thomas was a new addition this week after Detroit placed Dontez Ford on the practice squad-injured list. Should either of those two remaining players get injured—or if the Lions simply see more promise in Boehringer—a switch could be made.
Howard Balzer is reporting the Lions worked out eight players in total this week. Here’s his list:
DET: WRs Moritz Boehringer, Malachi Dupre; DT Tylor Harris; Ts Landon Lechler, Givens Price; S James Sample ... more— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) September 7, 2017
More DET: ; QB Joel Stave; TE Hakeem Valles (PS)— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) September 7, 2017
As noted by Balzer, of those eight workouts the Lions did sign one—former Cardinals tight end Hakeem Valles—to their practice squad.