Just a day before the Detroit Lions open up mandatory minicamp, they have made another roster move. The team announced Monday morning that they have added another tight end, former Bills player Wes Saxton.
Saxton went undrafted in 2015 after a college career at South Alabama. Since joining the NFL, Saxton has jumped around to three different practice squads: the Jets (2015), Washington (2016-17) and the Bills (2017). He made his one and only game appearance in his rookie year, when he got 12 snaps on offense but didn’t register any stats. In nine preseason games, Saxton has seven catches for 51 yards.
In terms of his athletic profile, Saxton has a lot of positive traits. He ran the second quickest 40-yard dash among TEs in 2015 (4.65) and had the third-best vertical (36.0) and broad (9 feet, 11 inches) scores, too. But he came out of South Alabama extremely raw and with poor tape as a blocker.
Saxton has a long way to go to crack the Lions’ tight end depth chart. This offseason alone, they added Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson, who are both expected to make the team and make contributions to the offense this season.