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Detroit Lions sign one UDFA, cut another

The Lions are already churning the bottom of the roster.

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If there’s anything we’ve learned from Bob Quinn’s two years as the general manager of the Detroit Lions, it’s that he loves continually changing the bottom of the roster. However, usually Quinn waits until training camp to start cutting and signing players. Not this year. On Saturday, the Lions signed undrafted rookie offensive lineman Brett Kendrick out of Tennessee.

Kendrick was one of the many undrafted free agents (UDFAs) that was initially reported to have been signed by the Lions. However, during Friday’s announcement of 16 different UDFA, Kendrick was strangely omitted. Kendrick was a three-year starter at Tennessee, playing all along the offensive line at both tackle spots and has some guard experience, too.

The move initially got the Lions to the 90-man roster limit, but on Saturday evening, the team released safety Anthony Sherrils. Sherrils was just signed to the team on Friday and only had the opportunity to participate in a portion of rookie minicamp, which concludes on Sunday. Obviously, the move is a little surprising considering Sherrils was with the team for just over 24 hours and he was actually a player some believed could contend for a roster spot.

The Lions are now back to 89 players on the roster, meaning they have room to add one more player.