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The Lion of Scrimmage: 5 Cut Players The Lions Should Target

With NFL teams cutting their rosters down to meet the 53 man mark, there are now dozens of players available that could help the Lions. If you want to know all the players that every NFL team cut to make their 43 man roster read it here. There weren’t a lot of big names released this year, but that’s not to say there isn’t talent out there to be had. These are the five players that jump out as guys that the Lions should target to improve their depth for the upcoming season.

  1. Victor Ochi – DE

VictorOchiOchi was an undrafted edge rusher in the most recent NFL draft. The Stony Brook star signed with the Ravens and was competing for a job as one of their rushing outside linebackers. Unfortunately for him the Ravens are very deep at this position. So now the explosive edge rusher is looking for a new home. Enter Detroit. Ochi would be a great option as a rotational speed rusher for the Lions. He weighs under 250 lbs, so he’s not likely big enough to warrant a starting position on this team down the line. However, his ability to pressure the quarterback while coming off the bench is something that the Lions are looking to add. He may be a 5th DE in the rotation, but he’s a guy who could put up half a dozen sacks or so in this role.

2) Keyarris Garrett – WRKeyarrisGarrett

Another undrafted rookie, Garrett brings a dimension to the Lions receiving group that they are currently lacking and that’s size. The 6’4 playmaker out of Tulsa has long arms and a massive catch radius. He is the type of red zone target you can just throw jumps balls to and let him take care of the rest. His combination of size and speed (running just over a 4.5 40 yard dash in his pre draft workouts) is just something you can’t teach. Perhaps if he had signed with someone other than the Panthers, a team who already has several big wide receivers to throw to, he would have made the initial 53 man roster.

3) Jace Amero -TE

Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Amero was a second round pick for the Jets in 2014 (the same year the Lions drafted Eric Ebron). He wowed people at the combine, putting up top marks in almost every workout. The only thing he hasn’t proven from a physical standpoint is that he can stay healthy in the NFL. He has had two injury plagued years and just hasn’t emerged as the pass catching threat that everyone expected him to be coming out of college. Perhaps in Detroit, working in a back up role, he can resurrect his career. With Ebron going down with injury in the preseason it has become painfully obvious that the Lions have no depth at this position. Why not take a chance on a guy with obvious talent to be the second Zack-Sanchezstring man in the motor city?

4) Zack Sanchez – CB

Sanchez was another camp cut of the Panthers. The fifth round pick from last years draft was expected by many to make Carolina’s team, so a lot of GM’s might be interested in adding the former Oklahoma star. With Detroit waiving their 2014 third round corner, Alex Carter, the team is defiantly in need of depth at this position. Sanchez had an up and down career with the Sooners, which tells me that he has talent to work with. Even if he needs time to develop this talent, he would be primarily a special teams guy and a depth signing for the Lions until he can be coached up by the staff. To be frank, this signing would be about the lack of talent Detroit currently has in their secondary, rather than how good Sanchez would be coming in.

5) Matt Ioannidis – DTMattIoannidis

Is it obvious that I don’t believe in the Lions defensive line? A second target to improve the talent in the trenches, Ioannidis was arguably the best player on an impressive Temple defense last year. He was drafted in the fifth round by Washington to play defensive end in their 3-4 system. While Ioannidis is as strong as anyone in this class, he may have lacked some of the quickness needed to succeed in Washington’s system. However, working as a one technique DT with a team like the Lions, Ioannidis seems like a better natural fit. This would be the perfect addition to back up Haloti Ngata, bringing the raw power that no other guy on the Lions depth chart (outside of Ngata) has. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Ioannidis be a more impactful player this year than A’Shawn Robinson.

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