Last week, the Detroit Lions were keeping their eyes on a couple of slot receiver after trading away Golden Tate. They reportedly worked out Bruce Ellington and Jeremy Kerley.
Now it appears their turning their attention towards a much different type of receiver. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Lions worked out Brandon Marshall.
Source: former Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall worked out for the Lions.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 5, 2018
Marshall was released by the Seahawks after the Week 8 game against the Lions. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told reporters they had to release him because they needed more help on special teams, but he insisted the 6-foot-5 receiver still has something left in the tank.
“He did such good stuff [and] helped guys on both sides of the football with all of his experience and all that,” Carroll said. “He’s in terrific shape for this stage of his career and he can still play.”
At this point, Marshall is 34 years old and hasn’t had much impact on an NFL offense in the past few years. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury just five weeks into the 2017 season with the Giants, and he saw his role with the Seahawks slowly diminish this year, playing in just a total of 34 snaps in his final three games with the team.
That being said, in his last fully healthy season, Marshall hauled in 59 catches for 788 yards, and he’s only three years removed from a 14-touchdown season with the Jets.
The Lions offense may be a little desperate after one of their worst outputs in the past few years. With games against the Bears, Panthers and Rams coming up, the Lions could use all of the offensive weapons they can get.
Update: The Lions announced Monday evening they have released wide receiver Andy Jones. Jones was activated from the PUP list last week and played in two offensive snaps and 18 special teams plays against the Vikings.
His release now opens up a roster spot for the Lions. Is Marshall their guy? We’ll see.