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Lions sign C Evan Boehm, activate G Evan Heim from reserve/COVID-19

Lions roster is now at 90 players

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The Detroit Lions have added a 90th player to their active roster signing center Evan Boehm, ironically the third Evan among the offensive line reserves right now. Additionally, the team has removed Evan Heim from the reserve/COVID-19 list, further boosting the depth on the line.

Boehm, who the Lions hosted Boehm for a visit last week, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He lasted two seasons in the desert and moved onto the Colts, Dolphins, Bills, and Jaguars over the next three years. In total, Boehm has 55 games played with 21 starts over five years in the league, and he is by far the most experienced reserve interior offensive lineman currently on the roster.

Boehm is primarily a center but he has guard experience in the NFL and has even pulled off a Joe Dahl-like stint at fullback a time or two over the past few seasons. He will be slowly acclimated into the Lions roster in training camp but he should be a contender to challenge UDFA rookie Drake Jackson and Evan Brown (who is currently on the reserve/NFI list) for a reserve role.

The Lions are putting on pads tomorrow (Tuesday) during training camp, so it’s an ideal time to add a fifthteenth offensive lineman to the roster.