Detroit Lions release Benny Snell
The Detroit Lions have less than 10 minutes to establish their initial 53-man roster for the 2023 season. According to a report from Jeremy Fowler, the Lions have made a decision on RB Benny Snell. Fowler reported just moments ago that Snell is being released. Snell was signed by the Lions on Aug. 10 following the news that Justin Jackson had decided to retire.
Why it Matters
With Benny Snell being released, the Lions now have the following 5 running backs remaining on their roster.
- David Montgomery
- Jahmyr Gibbs
- Craig Reynolds
- Jason Cabinda (FB)
- Jermar Jefferson
We expect that Jefferson will also be cut prior to the deadline, leaving four running backs on the initial 53-man roster. With that being said, the Lions could decide to go with five running backs or without a fullback, so Jefferson still has a prayer of making the roster.
TL;DR (too long didn't read)
- Snell's Swift Exit: In the final moments leading up to the establishment of their 53-man roster for the 2023 season, the Detroit Lions have reportedly parted ways with recently signed running back Benny Snell.
- Roster Reshuffle in the Running Back Department: With Snell's departure, the Lions' roster showcases five running backs, namely David Montgomery, Jahmyr Gibbs, Craig Reynolds, Jason Cabinda (who operates as a Fullback), and Jermar Jefferson.
- Anticipated Decision on Snell: In retrospect, the decision to release Snell doesn't come as a shock to many followers of the sport. His tenure with the Lions was notably short-lived, and he was scarcely provided opportunities to integrate and showcase his worth on the field since his signing.
Bottom Line: No Surprise
It comes as no surprise whatsoever that the Lions decided to move on from Snell, especially considering that he really did not get much of an opportunity since being signed. We certainly wish him all the best in the future.