The Detroit Lions started a busy few days with some roster moves on the offensive line. The first move was over the weekend when they traded wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to the San Francisco 49ers for guard Brandon Thomas. The move was made mostly because the depth at receiver had Kerley likely as a roster cut. The Lions have not been very good on the offensive line this preseason so general manager Bob Quinn decided to take a flier on a young guard from the 49ers in a no-lose type of move. Thomas, who has never played in a regular season game, will compete for a roster spot with Lions draft picks Graham Glasgow and Joe Dahl.
Today, the Lions have released offensive guard Geoff Schwartz. Schwartz, who was signed in the offseason, was moving down the depth chart and his past injury issues likely played into the decision as well. The weekend acquisition of Thomas made Schwartz expendable given he and Thomas would have battled for a spot and Thomas has not been evaluated yet.
With the Lions needing to shed about 11 more players before Tuesday afternoon, I expect to hear of a few more cuts today and early tomorrow.