The Detroit Lions recently made a couple of under-the-radar moves to help better equip their receiving room for the upcoming regular season. The Lions are coming into the season as one of the worst teams in the league. This will likely be yet another year that the team tanks for the top spot in the draft. Despite how bleak this season looks for the Lions, they still may not be the worst team in their division this year. With the Chicago Bears on a nosedive as an organization, building from the ground up around Justin Fields, Detroit could end up finishing third in the division this year. This would be an improvement after being the second worst team in the league last season. While this is not a move that will break Twitter, it was an intelligent signing by the Lions and a step in the right direction to build up a talented team in Detroit.
What the Detroit Lions Will Get From Maurice Alexander
Maurice Alexander spent last season in the USFL with the Philadelphia Stars. With the Stars, Alexander finished the season with twenty catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Along with this, he was the team’s kick and punt returner. He will likely see most of his action with the Lions as a returner. However, with his game-breaking speed, he could also see the field as a receiver on deep routes from time to time. Alexander is still only 25 years old and still has a handful of years left of good football in him. While he may not be a player that remains on the team through the entirety of the rebuild, it is clear that a facet of Alexander’s game caught the eye of the Lion’s front office and they went out and got their guy.
What the Detroit Lions Are Losing With Greg Bell
Greg Bell was sadly cut from his first NFL team before he was able to take an in-game snap with them. He spent three seasons in college playing with Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Diego State Aztecs. He had an incredible final season with the Aztecs before he entered the NFL. In his junior year, 1091 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 245 carries. It appeared that at the very least Bell would be a scout team running back for the Lions, however, he was waived after an injury in training camp. If he clears waivers, he will be able to remain on the Lion’s IR for the remainder of the season. This is more than likely what will end up occurring as teams will not be clamoring for a running back who had a season-ending injury before his first career snap. In an ideal world, Bell will make a full recovery over the season and will be able to develop his game and show Detroit what he is capable of next season.