Prior to Thursday’s practice, the Detroit Lions announced that undrafted rookie receiver Javon McKinley has been activated from the Non-Football Injury list. The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish player is now eligible to join practice immediately for Detroit’s second training camp session later in the day.
McKinley was one of the Lions’ higher-priority free agency signings at the end of the draft. The Lions gave McKinley $100,000 guaranteed, including a signing bonus of $15,000—both the highest figure among their UDFA class.
At 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, McKinley is a big-bodied receiver who can use his physicality to win. Though he’s doesn’t have the top-end speed of some NFL receivers, he’s got above-average overall athleticism.
McKinley will enter camp deep in the Lions’ reconstructed wide receiver room. But with a lot of new faces, he’ll certainly have an opportunity to win a job, whether it be on the team’s 53-man roster or a spot on the practice squad.
With McKinley off the NFI list, the Lions now have just four players that are not active for practice. Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and offensive lineman Evan Heim are on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while offensive lineman Evan Brown is on the NFI list and edge defender Austin Bryant is on the Physically Unable to Perform list.