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Report: Detroit Lions waiving veteran WR Marvin Hall

In a surprise move, the Lions are planning to release their veteran wide receiver.

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Friday night, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo dropped a surprising report regarding the Detroit Lions. Apparently, veteran wide receiver Marvin Hall is being waived by the team.

Last year, Hall was signed to a two-year deal with Detroit, and immediately made an impact as the lone Lions receiver that could stretch the field with his speed. Though he only caught seven passes in 2019, he turned those opportunities into 261 yards, averaging an unbelievable 37.3 yards per catch and establishing himself as Detroit’s deep threat.

This year, he hasn’t been quite as impactful. He does have more catches (17) and slightly more yards (290), but he’s averaging a “mere” 17.1 yards per catch.

The move comes at an odd time, as star receiver Kenny Golladay remains sidelined with a hip injury. However, the move suggests the Lions may be more willing to give fifth-round rookie Quintez Cephus an increasing playing time. The former Badgers receiver has just 12 catches on the season thus far, and he has often been a healthy scratch. Of course, with interim head coach Darrell Bevell taking over, this may be a sign he’s taking the offense in a slightly different situation.

As of now, the corresponding roster move has yet to be announced. However, given that Detroit is shorthanded in the secondary, don’t be surprised if they decide to either take Darryl Roberts off injured reserve or promote Dee Virgin from the practice squad.