The draft is just over a week away, but that didn’t stop the Detroit Lions from making another transaction on Wednesday afternoon. The team announced that they have signed former Packers cornerback Raysean Pringle:
Pringle was an undrafted free agent out of Southern Utah last year. The Packers originally signed him in May, but he didn’t make the team’s final 53-man roster. He then spent about a month on the Jaguars practice squad before rejoining the Packers via the practice squad in late November.
Though Pringle didn’t see the field during his rookie year, he did make an impression during The Spring League a few weeks ago, when he recorded this opportunistic interception:
Prior to 2017, Pringle was actually an offensive player in college. As a running back for the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, Pringle had 116 career rushes for 686 yards (5.9 YPC) and eight touchdowns. He was also occasionally used as a kick returner, posting 15 returns for 295 yards (19.7 avg.) and one touchdown.
At this point, the Lions don’t have much of a need for a defensive back in the 53-man roster. After adding DeShawn Shead this offseason and having all five starting players in the secondary returning, Pringle is a longshot to make the roster. But as an athletic player who is still adjusting to a his new position—while also providing special teams value—there is hope Pringle can, at least, land on a practice squad again in 2018.