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Detroit Lions waive 5th-round pick RB Jason Huntley

One 2020 draft pick has already been cut.

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In the most surprising cut yet from the Detroit Lions, the team is waiving rookie running back Jason Huntley according to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.

Huntley was drafted in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Lions and appeared to be in contention for one of the Lions’ depth spots at running back. Given his speed, ability to catch the ball and special teams value, many saw him capable of growing into a J.D. McKissic type of role in this offense. However, last year’s sixth-round pick Ty Johnson also holds many of those same talents.

This also could mean that Jamal Agnew’s job is safe, as Huntley appeared to be his biggest competition as the team’s punt returner.

In addition to Huntley, the Lions are also waiving defensive tackle Frank Herron, per the Detroit Free Press. Herron spent most of 2019 on the team’s practice squad, but appeared to be deep in the Lions’ rotation of defensive linemen during training camp this year.

The Lions are down to 69 players. Track all their moves here.

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