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Detroit Lions cut 2019 7th-round pick P.J. Johnson

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The Lions’ first cut of Sunday is a draft pick from this year.

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According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Lions are waiving defensive tackle P.J. Johnson.

Johnson was a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. While expectations will never be too high for a seventh-round selection, his size and play style made him an intriguing depth piece to play behind Damon Harrison Sr. Johnson could not make a name for himself this summer, and as a seventh rounder, he was always expendable for the team.

He is a practice squad candidate, though. Detroit was obviously intrigued enough in him to spend a draft pick and could always use a player of his style if injuries begin to pile up for them of the defensive front. To make the Lions’ practice squad, he’ll have to clear waivers on Sunday afternoon. We’ll see if the Lions bring him back.

The Lions are down to 77 players on their roster with 24 more cuts to go. Follow all the cuts here.