With the 2018 NFL regular season ready to kickoff, the Detroit Lions made a surprising move on Wednesday. According to reports, the Lions have waived defensive end Anthony Zettel and have claimed defensive end Romeo Okwara off of waivers from the New York Giants.
Source: the Lions have waived DE Anthony Zettel and claimed DE Romeo Okwara off of waivers from the Giants.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 5, 2018
Okwara, who attended Notre Dame, originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent prior to the 2016 season.
From 2016-2018, Okwara played in 22 games (4 starts), recording 10 tackles and a sack.
It was certainly a surprise to many fans that the Lions waived Anthony Zettel.
@Lions How can you cut Anthony Zettel, guy brought more heart than anyone else out there and actually played every play. Just idiotic
— Bert Cerna (@ROB_CRNA1982) September 5, 2018
While Anthony Zettel may not be a big name, why in the hell are the @Lions dropping starters and signing players off waivers 6 days before the season begins?!
Everyone wanted us to draft defense and what did we do?
A backup safety in the 3rd and DE in the 4th 😡🤬 #OnePride
— Blake (@Blake_EM_) September 5, 2018
Since being selected by the Lions in the 6th Round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Zettel has shown his worth. In 29 career games (16 starts), he 41 tackles and 7.5 sacks. In 16 starts last season, the former Nittany Lion had 31 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
WATCH: Lions rookie Anthony Zettel roundhouse kicks water bottle
When the Detroit Lions selected DT Anthony Zettel in the 6th Round of the 2016 NFL Draft, not many people knew much about him other than that he had played for Penn State.
Immediately after the pick was announced, a couple of videos surfaced of Zettel showing off some of his skills. One video featured the DT tackling and knocking down a dead tree from the ground, while another showed him dancing to “Thriller.” Both of those videos have made their rounds amongst Lions fans, but neither compare to what you are about to see.
The latest footage to emerge from Zettel’s video vault comes from his days at Penn State when he decided to show of his martial arts skills.
Watch as Zettel roundhouse kicks a water bottle that a teammate is holding up for him in the Penn State locker room.
To watch the video, please click on the link below.