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Detroit Lions waive Trevor Bates to make room for Marquis Flowers

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The Lions made the transaction official on Monday afternoon.

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The Detroit Lions made the signing of former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers official on Monday afternoon. The move was expected after Ian Rapoport reported as such Monday morning.

But the Lions also announced the corresponding move to make room for Flowers, waiving fellow linebacker Trevor Bates.

As we wrote not too long ago, Bates was a special teams standout during the preseason, and even made Pro Football Focus’ All-Preseason team, with an impressive 90.7 overall grade.

But Flowers also brings some special team skills, having been used in that role during his first two years with the Bengals. Last season, Flowers blossomed (wink) into a bigger role under Matt Patricia and the New England Patriots.

Now Flowers will enter a linebacker competition with Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Eli Harold and Christian Jones for some playing time on defense while also presumably adding another body to their special teams squad.

In addition to these moves, the Lions announced one more addition to their practice squad: defensive tackle John Atkins, formerly with the Patriots.