The Detroit Lions underwent their first day of organized team activities on Monday, and by the end of the business day, it appears they have added another player as well. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicles, the Lions have claimed wide receiver Chris Lacy off of waivers.
WR Chris Lacy claimed on waivers by Detroit Lions according to his agent @OSMG_LLC— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 21, 2018
Lacy was waived by the New England Patriots on Friday after signing to a UDFA deal after the draft. He never made it to OTAs for the Patriots, but he’ll get a shot in Detroit.
Lacy was a four-year player for Oklahoma State, but only provided significant contributions in his final two years. Here’s a look at his college stats, per College Football Reference:
2014 (4 games): 4 catches, 47 yards
2015 (5 games): 8 catches, 120 yards, 2 TDs
2016 (12 games): 31 catches, 489 yards, 3 TDs
2017 (11 games): 20 catches, 264 yards
At 6-foot-3, Lacy is a big possession receiver but has average athleticism that limits his downfield play-making ability. He was also a three-time, First-Team Academic in the Big 12 and earned the Vernon Grant Award twice for “outstanding leadership, spirit and enthusiasm.”
Lacy will have a tough time cracking the Lions’ roster. Detroit’s top four receivers are basically set with Marvin Jones Jr., Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay and TJ Jones. As for depth, Lacy will have to contend with a slew of young receivers, including undrafted Deontez Alexander, who won a roster spot after a tryout during last week’s rookie minicamp.
The move puts the Lions over the 90-man limit at the moment, so expect the team to announce the corresponding move shortly. We’ll update this post once that news comes in.
UPDATE: The Lions have confirmed the move and announced that they have waived undrafted rookie cornerback Josh Okonye, who earned a spot on the roster after rookie minicamp tryouts.