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Lions roster cuts: DE Jeremiah Valoaga reportedly waived

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The second-year player didn’t make the team this year.

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The Detroit Lions continue to trim their roster on Friday night, and now they have turned their attention to the defensive line.

According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga has been waived.

Valoaga came into the preseason with a lot of promise. An undrafted free agent in 2017, Valoaga managed to make the final 53-man roster, alongside fellow UDFA DE Alex Barrett. Valoaga stuck around for the majority of the season before being waived in late November and re-signed to the practice squad. At training camp this year, Valoaga looked quite promising, and appeared to have a spot locked down.

Unfortunately, this early success didn’t translate into on-field success. In fact, it barely resulted in snaps at all. In Game 1, Valoaga managed a decent 22 snaps on defense. In Games 2 and 3, however, he did not register a single snap. He did play in the preseason finale, but he didn’t make much of an impact.

This was a disappointing result for Valoaga, but the Lions will likely bring him back to the practice squad again this year.

Catch up with all of the Lions’ cuts with our 2018 tracker.