Detroit Lions sign two players, place two others on waivers


As the Detroit Lions (5-4) continue their preparations for their upcoming road game against the Chicago Bears, they have made some roster moves.

On Tuesday, the Lions announced they have signed free-agent WR Jace Billingsley and DE George Jones. In corresponding moves, the team placed WR Jared Abbrederis and DE Jacquies Smith on waivers.

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Billingsley returns to Detroit after beginning the season on the practice squad before appearing in two games with the club on the active roster. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Lions in 2016 out of Eastern Oregon.

Johnson returns to Detroit after most recently spending a portion of 2017 with the club, appearing in four games while registering two tackles. Currently in his sixth season, Johnson has appeared in 42 career games (five starts) and has totaled 58 tackles (38 solo), six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He entered the NFL with the Buccaneers in 2010 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Rutgers.

Winning in Chicago will be a must for a Lions team that is hoping to stay in contention in the NFC North. They currently trail the Minnesota Vikings (7-2) by two games.


Playoffs? The Detroit Lions will not be able to back their way in this time

In 2016, the Detroit Lions qualified for the NFL Playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Not a bad accomplishment for a franchise that has become accustomed to playing out the 16-game regular season schedule and then watching the playoffs from home.

But as we know, last season’s playoff appearance was a bit tainted. Some would even say it was a fraud or a joke. Those people would certainly have a legit argument.

After winning 8 of 9 games to move to 9-4 on the season, the Lions lost their final three regular-season games, including a 31-24 Week 17 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Had the Lions won that game, which was played at Ford Field, they would have clinched an NFC North title, and a home playoff game. Instead, by losing, they finished tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last NFC playoff spot. Luckily, the Lions won the tiebreaker over the Bucs due to their record against common opponents, and despite dropping their final three games, they backed into the playoffs, where they were destroyed by the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round.

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