The Detroit Lions filled their remaining spot on the 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, promoting rookie tight end Isaac Nauta from the practice squad.
Nauta is the Lions 2019 seventh-round pick and has spent all of the season on the practice squad. Though he is listed as a tight end, he has some experience at fullback and that could very well be the reason for his promotion this week.
Earlier in the week, the Lions placed starting fullback Nick Bawden on injured reserve, ending his season for the second straight year because of injury. Nauta has received some reps at fullback during training camp.
Head coach Matt Patricia talked vaguely about their plans at fullback in the leadup to this week’s game against Washington.
“If there is somebody that can move into that position—certainly we’ve done all sorts of things from that standpoint,” Patricia said on Friday. “Whether it’s been an extra offensive lineman or anybody from that aspect of it if we’re trying to get a two-back set or just not use the fullback in general from a game plan standpoint, and just go in a different direction if we feel that helps the overall roster.”
In addition to promoting Nauta, the Lions also brought offensive tackle Dan Skipper back by signing him to the practice squad.