The Detroit Lions continue to add players in an attempt to fill out their roster. The two additions today bring them to 89 total, leaving one more open spot for them to fill. They added undrafted free agent running back Desmond Martin from Wayne State. They also added journeyman wide receiver Lance Moore. Neither player is favored for a 53 man roster spot but both are competing for one.
Of the two, Moore likely has the better chance to make the team. He was originally with the New Orleans Saints back when Detroit offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was there. Moore had over 1000 yards receiving that year. He has since bounced around the league and never been productive. The Lions added him solely due to his experience in the system and the expectation that he would be a good camp body. He does, however, have only to beat out Jeremy Ross, Ryan Broyles, or Corey Fuller for a roster spot as the Detroit Lions #3 receiver spot is up for grabs. It is likely that the team will part ways with Ross, who has not been as productive as the team would like. Broyles also is on the fence as he was never given an opportunity to play meaningful minutes last season. Fuller is the only player who at this point seems to be a lock for one of the receiver spots given his progress from his rookie season to last season.
If Moore can return to his Saints production, he could be a welcome addition to Detroit’s offense. If Martin can make the team, Detroit would then have two Wayne State players in their backfield, with both him and Joique Bell being the only two in the NFL as well.
UPDATE: Desmond Martin was signed to replace running back Rasheed Williams. Williams was released today. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Williams is going to finish school, which is why he was let go. He will likely re-sign with the team after classes end.