On Monday, the Detroit Lions made an initial wave of cuts to get the roster down to 71 players. With 18 moves left to make, Tuesday is going to be a busy day at Allen Park.
Adding onto their plate is the fact that other teams have already begun their cuts as well. On Monday, head coach Dan Campbell said for general manager Brad Holmes much of the next few days are going to be spent looking at the waiver wire for players to add to their own roster.
“Brad and his crew, man, they’re scouring the transactions and looking for everything that could or couldn’t be and any way that we can upgrade our roster that we think is going to help us, now and long-term, we’re looking for it,” Campbell said. “So, this thing is in flux.”
And while many teams are saving their more challenging cuts for Tuesday and the 53-man roster 4 p.m. ET deadline, there are a few notable players now available to put in a waiver claim for.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which roster cut should the Lions attempt to sign/claim?
My answer: One name that has stuck out is 2021 sixth-round pick Seth Williams. The rookie receiver out of Auburn was waived by the Denver Broncos because of their stacked wide receiver room that includes Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler.
The Lions need an outside receiver with speed, and Williams checks both those boxes. At 6-foot-2 with 4.49 speed, Williams has all the physical traits to play the part. However, many believe his route running is very unpolished, and he wins not by creating separation, but by making contested catches. That’s not exactly the best match with Jared Goff.
Plus, there’s this:
I don't see Dan Campbell going for the kind of guy who plays like this.— David DeChant (@DavidDeChant) August 31, 2021
He wants knee-biters, not lazy spectators pic.twitter.com/7JCaz9Nyal
Not a good look. Maybe still worth a look in hoping that you can coach up the guy. He’s only 21 years old, so he’s still moldable.
There aren’t a lot of other addable players from Monday’s rounds of cuts. Do you see any diamonds in the rough?