The official transaction from Friday’s moves was released by the NFL, and it includes 12 names. Throw in reports about Teez Tabor’s release (not official yet) and the Lions have made a total of 13 cuts on Friday. Here’s a list of them:
- S Andrew Adams
- CB Teez Tabor
- G/C Micah St. Andrew
- CB Andre Chachere
- WR Jordan Lasley
- DE Eric Lee
- WR Tommylee Lewis
- DE Mitchell Loewen
- OT Ryan Pope
- CB Jamar Summers
- OL Luke Bowanko
- RB James Williams
- P/K Ryan Santoso
Some of the more notable new names are defensive linemen Mitchell Loewen and Eric Lee, both of whom had solid preseason finales against the Browns.
Loewen was a late addition to the Lions roster last season, after the team claimed him off waivers to fill an open roster spot after their defensive line was decimated by injuries. He was quickly signed to a futures contract and had a chance to earn a roster spot in 2019.
Training camp started off well for Loewen. He was a stand out in the early stages of camp, but quickly fell off the radar and had a quiet preseason. Loewen failed to stand out in a weak group of defensive ends in Detroit, and will end his Lions career having never played a snap for the team.
Eric Lee was on and off the roster multiple times last season, and is a similar victim of the waiver wire this season. The defensive end was battling for a spot on a competitive defensive line, but couldn’t do enough to claim a spot on the 53-man roster.
Lee had a great game against Cleveland, recording four tackles and a pair of batted balls, one of which led to an interception. Lee was quiet during the rest of the preseason, however. The Lions will likely roll with Austin Bryant as Devon Kennard’s backup, but should the rookie be played on the injured reserve, Lee could be a phone call away from the active roster.
There weren’t any surprises among the rest of the cuts.
To take a look at the updated roster, check out our 2019 Lions cuts tracker.