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Breaking down the impact of the Michael Roberts release

The PODcast crew tackles every angle of the Michael Roberts waiving.

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NFL: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions OTAs came to close last week with a whimper. The only open session to the media was sparsely attended due to injury and there just wasn’t much notable developments during that Thursday’s practice.

However, we were gifted with a pretty significant news item late in the week. Former Lions fourth-round pick Michael Roberts was traded to the Patriots until he wasn’t. Then the Lions figured getting nothing in return was good enough for them, sending Roberts to waivers rather than keeping him around following the failed trade.

How big of a hit does general manager Bob Quinn’s reputation take after this failed draft pick? What does this mean for the rest of the tight ends on the roster? Will Roberts have a real chance at succeeding elsewhere? That’s the main topic of this week’s PODcast.

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This week on the PODcast

  • Does Bob Quinn have a tight end problem? Does his past failures at the position give you any pause for the Lions’ new set of tight ends?
  • Roberts may have been a victim of change in offensive philosophy, not necessarily talent.
  • Logan Thomas slips in to TE3. Is he ready for that kind of role? What about seventh-round pick Isaac Nauta? Will the Lions bring in some help at the position?
  • Way Back Machine takes us to the Lions’ Week 5 win over the Packers.
  • Did we learn more about the Lions or Packers that day?
  • Kenny Golladay dominates, Darius Slay struggles: Sign of things to come?
  • Mailbag wonders why there aren’t any successful summer leagues, discusses the secrecy of OTA fines and re-casts “Super Troopers” with Lions players.

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