With training camp approaching, the Detroit Lions have decided to add some depth to their defensive line with the signing of free agent defensive end Quanterus Smith on Wednesday.
Lions have signed DE Quanterus Smith, a former 5th RD pick by Denver. Detroit needed more competition at DE. https://t.co/IFJYzXItEm
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 20, 2016
The former 5th round pick out of Western Kentucky spent time on the practice squads of the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars last season. Originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2013, Smith played in 15 games and recorded 11 tackles during the 2014 season.
While the Lions are set as far as starting defensive ends are concerned with Ezekial Ansah and Devin Taylor, there will be competition for playing time behind those two. Wallace Gilberry and 6th round pick Anthony Zettel are expected to get their fair share of snaps this season. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Smith has the size to compete at the NFL level and could be a surprise this pre-season.
With the signing of Smith the Lions now have 88 players on their roster, leaving two more spots for Detroit to fill before training camp begins on July 29.